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    The Moab Pride Festival’s ninth annual event will be Sept. 25-28th with a variety of activities and entertainment.

    Moab Pride is a non-profit organization serving southeastern Utah whose mission “is to create queer visibility while providing accessible LGBTQIA programming and safe spaces for the community. Accessible LGBTQIA programming means creating awareness, dialogue, safe spaces and visibility through art, workshops and celebrations that are inclusive for all ages. In addition to hosting the Pride Festival Weekend every September, they have also been expanding our community programming over the past several years, including the Rainbow Club afterschool program for queer youth, quarterly all-ages dance parties, open mic nights at the MARC, poetry slams, their yearly community-appreciation BBQ, a scholarship for Moab high school students, and many others,” said a statement from the organization.

    This year the festival will feature all ages workshops, musical performances, a poetry slam, Orange Party, and a Saturday afternoon Visibility March and Gay-La at Swanny Park. “Visibility Marches happen around the U.S. to rally QTs (queer-trans folks) and allies together to engage in a public display of pride; pride in ourselves, our community, the steps we take and the fights we fight to remain visible, safe and strong in today’s world!” explained organizers. They encourage community members to “show support by participating in the 2019 Visibility March: grab a friend, a rainbow flag or two, make a sign geared towards the themes of love and acceptance, and dance your way through downtown Moab.”

    The festival is the organization’s biggest fundraising opportunity “and stands as a symbol of visibility and awareness to all people in the community. We are grateful for the continued financial support we receive from our community, and we need sustaining donations to support our festival weekend events as well as our year-round programming,” said organizers in their press release.

    The schedule of events begins Wednesday, Sept. 25 with a pre-event meet-and-greet with Alliance for a Better Utah at the MARC side yard, 6-8 p.m.

    Thursday, Sept. 26 will feature youth workshops and a film screening.

    Friday, Sept. 27 will also feature a youth workshop and a queer poetry slam, along with an Orange Party.

    Saturday, Sept. 28 there will be an opening circle event with Taiko drumming, a visibility march and activities throughout the day at Swanny Park. Booths, food trucks and entertainment will be on hand.

    Moab Pride Festival takes place at a variety of locations in downtown Moab including the MARC, Woody’s Tavern, Star Hall, Swanny Park and the Community Tea Garden.

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