2019 CU Pride Fest
Queer History. OUr History.
10th Annual Champaign-Urbana Pride Fest 2019
The UP Center of Champaign County is proud to announce the 2019 Champaign-Urbana Pride Fest and Parade. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of our local pride celebration, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, New York, the community will honor these milestones the weekend of September 27-29, 2019, in downtown Champaign.
The popular outdoor celebration and vendor fair will take place in the City of Champaign lot, north of One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, with performances and entertainment on the main stage throughout the day.
The UP Center will once again partner with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to provide family fun for children of all ages. There will be no entrance fee to the museum from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM for families to enjoy all the Orpheum has to offer.
At 3:00 PM on Saturday, Sept. 28th, Illinois’ LARGEST downstate pride parade kicks off. The parade is free, family-friendly and a celebration of love for all.
Parade and vendor applications are now live at www.unitingpride.org. Please keep checking in with our website (https://www.unitingpride.org/pride-fest-2019), and follow us on social media ( https://www.facebook.com/UPCenter/) for continued updates on our expanding schedule of events during and leading up to PrideFest weekend in Champaign-Urbana.
For media inquiries about the 2019 Pride Fest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to stick around after the parade for all the Pride festivities!!
Help us create an amazing, inclusive celebration by being yourself to be on the right side of history!
Stonewall Uprising - 50th Anniversary
Friday, June 28, 2019
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
For more information, please visit https://stonewallforever.org/
Support for one.
Support for all.
The Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County is the only LGBTQ+ resource center in the greater east central Illinois region. We serve clients from Champaign County and the surrounding areas through support groups, community events, educational programming, guest speakers, referrals, and resources. We also host the annual Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival and Parade each September. Feel free to browse our website for more information on our programs, services, and events.