Organizers of Utah's annual Pride Festival raised a rainbow flag over Salt Lake City Hall on Wednesday to kick off the 2017 event as Mayor Jackie Biskupski declared May 31-June 4 to be Pride in Salt Lake City Week. First held in 1974 by a small group of LGBT activists, the annual Pride Festival now draws 50,000 people to the city over the three days. This year's festival, themed "Pride Elevated," begins Thursday with an interfaith service at downtown's First United Methodist Church and the first-ever Youth Pride Dance for those age 14 to 20 on the festival grounds at Washington Square and Library Plaza. Activities continue throughout the weekend.
Utah Pride Festival launches with raising of rainbow flag at Salt Lake City Hall
Activities continue Friday with a rally and march from Harvey Milk Boulevard and 900 East to the festival grounds. Saturday features a 5K run at Jordan Park and Peace Gardens in west Salt Lake City and the event caps off Sunday with the Pride Parade through downtown. Festival grounds are open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. A complete list of events can be found at www.utahpridecenter.org.
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