The Kentuckiana Pride Parade and Festival is back for 2022. Here's what to know

Kirby Adams
Louisville Courier Journal
Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The annual Kentuckiana Pride Parade and Festival is back, with a few changes. The events, produced by The Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, will both take place Saturday, June 18. 

This will be the first time the parade has taken place on Saturday, moving from its traditional Friday evening timeslot. After reviewing feedback from community members over the past two years, organizers decided to make the change to ensure more participation and community involvement.

The annual Pride parade, which is free to attend, will kick off at noon from Campbell and Market streets in NuLu and ends at the festival entrance at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, where the festival takes place from noon to 10 p.m.

An estimated 20,000-plus people are expected to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during the festival, which is organized by the Kentuckiana Pride Foundation. Its mission is to promote social, economic, and health equity of Kentuckiana’s sexual and gender minorities, we advocate pride, celebrate achievements, and educate leaders.

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Here's everything else you need to know about the 2022 Kentuckiana Pride Festival:

When is the 2022 Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

Tryangles float participants during the 15th annual Kentuckiana Pride Parade in Louisville. June 19, 2015

The 2022 Kentuckiana Pride Festival and Parade takes place on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 10 p.m.

Where is the 2022 Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The annual festival will take place on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville at 129 River Road.

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Where does the 2022 Kentuckiana Pride Parade take place?

Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The annual Pride parade, which is free to attend, will kick off at noon from Campbell and Market streets in NuLu and ends at the festival entrance at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.

How much does it cost to attend the Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The annual Pride festival will feature over 125 vendors, food trucks, a kids/family area, and two stages with live music. Entry is $5 with VIP packages starting at $125. Tickets can be purchased at kypride.com/tickets.

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Who is performing at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

At the Four Roses Rainbow stage, drag performers entertained the raucous crowd during the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday. Thousands showed up to dance at the live music and dj sets.

The Stonewall Main Stage, presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka, will feature performances by Tove Lo, Miki Ratsula, Daisha McBride, The Kentucky Gentlemen, Rich Hennessy, Most Wanted and Dominique Morgan, plus the Louisville Gay Men's Chorus. The Equality stage will features a variety of local drag performers and showcase the Kentucky Pride Festival Court. Past headliners have included Lizzo, Neon Trees, Todrick Hall, Big Freedia, Martha Wash, and more. 

What can I do at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The festival will features a variety of activities including two stages, a "chill" zone, a kids and family area, a picnic area, a vendor marketplace and a recharge station along with a variety of craft bee and local food and drink vendors.

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What is available in the Kids and Family area at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival?

Scenes from the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Big Four Lawn Saturday.

The family-friendly area, which runs from 12-5 p.m., features face painting, color sheetings, corn hole, plinko, a prize wheel and more. 

For more information, visit kypride.com

Reach Kirby Adams at kadams@courier-journal.com or Twitter @kirbylouisville