Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski kicked off Pride Week on Tuesday with the reading of a proclamation and the raising of one large rainbow flag.
She was joined by Rob Moolman, executive director of the Utah Pride Center, along with other staff at the Salt Lake City and County Building, where the two day festival will take place starting Saturday. As the skies continued to serve up a steady drizzle, Moolman exclaimed, “after a little bit of rain comes rainbows.”
The mayor then turned the crank, slowly raising the flag to launch the 44th annual Utah Pride festival meant primarily as a fundraising event to keep the doors open at the Utah Pride Center that has focuses on the health and safety of LGBTQ individuals since 1991 and to celebrate civil rights advances.
Utah Pride Festival
The 44th annual Utah Pride Festival is a celebration for the state’s LGBTQ community and allies.
Where • Washington Square, surrounding City Hall, between 400 South and 500 South, and between State Street and 200 East, Salt Lake City.
When • Saturday, June 1, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Headliners • Saturday: Aja, nonbinary queer artist/performer featured on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3,” at 10:20 p.m. Sunday: Lafemmebear, music producer/DJ, at 3 p.m.
Tickets • One-day tickets, $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; two-day pass, $17 in advance, $20 at the gate; discounts for youth and seniors; VIP pass options available; go to utahpridecenter.org for details.
Pride Parade • Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Route runs along 200 South, from West Temple to 400 East. Free to attend.