The 23rd Annual Nashville Pride Festival presented by Hallmark Volkswagen will be held Saturday, June 18, at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The annual event is a chance for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community and its allies to gather in celebration of advances made for GLBT equality.
From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., First Avenue between Demonbreun and Church Street will be closed as well as Broadway between First and Second avenues.
NPF officials expect this year’s festival to be the most highly attended to date as the event boasts an eclectic entertainment lineup that includes American Idol finalist Kimberly Caldwell, Jonny McGovern, Kat Graham, God-des & She, The Worsties, Knowing Me Knowing You and Leslie Dysinger on the Bridgestone Main Stage.
A variety of popular local acts will also perform throughout the day on the Hallmark Volkswagen Local Stage, and the Tribe & Play Entertainment Stage will be home to DJs and drag performances in Fort Nashboro.
General admission to the event is $5 and allows access to more than 100 vendors in the Nashville GLBT Chamber Marketplace, mobile food vendors, cold cocktails and frozen drinks, misting fans, karaoke, street performances, an inflatable kids’ zone, prizes and much more. VIP tickets are $50 and include food and drink at the festival.
“The all-volunteer board of Nashville Pride has worked tirelessly for the past year, and we are so proud to have climbed out of debt over the past two years,” Pride President Jack Davis said in a release. “We hope everyone will notice the improvements made to this year’s festival. Don’t let the heat deter you. Riverfront Park is the place to be this Saturday for the biggest celebration of the year.”
The purpose of Nashville Pride is to maintain a sense of community and awareness of, about, and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and culture throughout Middle Tennessee.
For up-to-date information, visit www.nashvillepride.org.