In 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimated an attendance of 85,000 attendees over PrideFest weekend, once again making the festival one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region.
Then, in 2012, PrideFest broke records again, with attendance estimated at 100,000+ over two days; it was also the longest parade in our history. The Pride Parade is now recognized as the second largest parade in the City of St. Louis.
2013 marked a historic change for Pride St. Louis and the annual PrideFest celebration as the festival relocated to Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers Memorial. With record-setting attendance numbers for both the parade and festival the Board is very excited about the 35th anniversary of Pride in St. Louis.
2014 was the 32nd anniversary of Pride in Saint Louis and saw over 150,000 attendees along with an estimated 90,000 parade-goers. The Festival layout featured 160 exhibitors and sponsors with two entertainment stages, a children’s area, Athletes Village and much more. It also marked the second year in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers' Memorial Park. In 2015 the Festival topped record numbers and reached over 200,000 spectators and attendees.
In 2016, we broke our previous records again; a quarter-million people attended PrideFest, and we had our largest parade in our history.
Pride St. Louis is grateful for and committed to the partnerships we have cultivated with past vendors and we are excited about the addition of new vendors each year. We truly appreciate your support, not only of Pride St. Louis, but also of the entire LGBTQIA+ Community. Together, we can work to once again produce a record setting Pride Celebration in 2017!
The parade will take place on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 12:00 PM noon. The festival grounds open one hour earlier at 11:00 AM.