5 Ways To Celebrate National Pride Month

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

June is National Pride Month and we appreciate being your go-to resource for finding the best ways to celebrate. Read on to find our top five picks on where to have the most fun celebrating equality and love this month!

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Image courtesy of Pride St. Louis

1) PRIDEFest 2014, June 27 and 28: This annual, weekend long celebration has been happening in St. Louis since 1981. Supported by Pride St. Louis, Inc, this bash includes many events concluding with the Official Pride Parade, traditionally held on the last Sunday of June. Find vendor info, parade and entertainment info all on the official website.

2) Just Gender: Film Screening and Panel Discussion, June 9: If you believe “identity is more than meets the eye,” watch “Just Gender,” a 2013 documentary about the transgender experience. Showing at The Tivoli Theatre for one night only. Catch an engaging and educational flick while also earning some good Karma, tickets benefit the Metro Trans Umbrella Group. Find more information on Facebook or get tickets.

3) MetroEast Pride in Belleville, June 21: The week before PRIDEFest kicks off in #STL, our neighbors in Illinois will be celebrating statewide equality at their MetroEast Pride Festival. Find more info on their Facebook page.

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Image courtesy of Men’s Underwear Store

4) Boxers PRIDE Carnival, June 28: Men’s Underwear Store on Washington Avenue will host this carnival, for the second year, to accompany PRIDE Fest. At this in-store party you can win free underwear, take silly photos in the photo booth, satisfy your sweet tooth with a snow cone and enjoy great deals of the day. Everyone is welcome and everything is completely free. You can RSVP and get more info on their Facebook event page.

5) Ultra White Party and Lantern Release, June 28: We might be most excited about ALIVE’s Ultra White Party at Lumen Event Space, presented by Bud Light, from 7pm-12:30am. This VIP Pride Weekend party is the most well attended VIP event, and this year, along with the usual drinks, food and dancing, ALIVE will host a midnight lantern release, #LanternsForLove. Lantern release is included in the ticket and can be purchased here.

We’ll be covering PRIDE action all month long. Subscribe to The 314 for all of the latest happenings around our fair city. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all at @ALIVEMagSTL.

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