8th annual Pride Festival is Sept. 27-29
Organizers want to ‘visibly celebrate love’
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The Moab Pride Festival will kick off Thursday, Sept. 27 and run through Saturday, Sept. 29. Events will include after-school and pre-festival morning workshops, a community improvisational music and dance jamboree, drag performances and a queer poetry slam. A “visibility march” will be held on the afternoon of Sept. 29 throughout downtown Moab. Also that day there will be a festival in Swanny Park that will last into the evening, according to organizers. The march will leave Swanny Park at noon Sept. 29.

“Moab Pride is organized by local volunteers who seek to create safe spaces for LGBTQ community members and allies while celebrating and encouraging uniqueness,” said a statement from the organization. The festival weekend will feature many local and regional queer artists including DJ Matt Pierce who is headlining the first ever contact improvisational dance and musical jam.

Ashley Finley and Cali Bee will host a queer poetry slam, and there will be an Orange Party Friday night at Woody’s Tavern. Other entertainers will include Talia Keys and Forbidden Fruits.

“Moab Pride Festival is creating queer visibility while providing accessible LGBTQIA programming and safe spaces for the community,” said the organization’s press release. “Accessible LGBTQIA programming means creating awareness, dialogue, safe spaces and visibility through art, workshops and celebrations that are inclusive for all ages.” All funds raised before and during the event will go toward supporting Moab Pride programming, Gay Straight Alliance initiatives in public schools, and LGBTQIA programming throughout the year in Moab.

“Studies have shown that in the last year hate crimes have been on the rise. It is now more important than ever to visibly celebrate love,” said the organization’s statement. “We must make it clear that we are queer and we are here the best way we know how: with poetry, music, dance, art and community. MPF aims to support the local LGBTQIA community by creating inclusive, interactive environments for all ages and identities.”

The festival will take place at a variety of locations in downtown Moab: Moab Arts & Rec Center, 111 E. 100 N.; The Helipad: 239 W. Center St.; Woody’s Tavern: 221 S. Main St.; CommuniTea Garden on the corner of 100 W. and Walnut Lane; and at Swanny Park.

For more information or to get involved, visit moabpride.com or email moabpridefest@gmail.com. An updated schedule of events can also be found there.

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