NKY Pride Festival to begin this weekend

NKY Pride Festival to begin this weekend
Posted at 4:00 AM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 10:06:39-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Stage performances, food vendors and live music will be part of the Northern Kentucky Pride Festival, a four-day celebration beginning June 2 at Covington’s Mainstrasse Village.

The annual celebration draws around 2,000 people, showcasing diversity and promoting inclusion within the community.

Fairness Campaign, a community organization dedicated to equal rights, has supported Northern Kentucky Pride since its inception.

Bonnie Meyer, president of Northern Kentucky Fairness, stressed the importance of celebrating as a community in light of recent pushback in Kentucky regarding LGBTQ legislation and policies.

“This year, we celebrate the seventh year of Northern Kentucky Pride,” Meyer said. “Our Pride is a unique event in that we are not only community based, but intentionally inclusive of LBGTQ allies and families as we aim to celebrate and educate during this event. In light of recent anti-LBGTQ policy in Kentucky, it is more important than ever to be visible in the community to advocate and celebrate together.”

Northern Kentucky Pride celebrations begin Thursday and go through Sunday. 

Thursday, June 2, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.: Tillie's Lounge in Northside

Kickoff Happy Hour: Building Bridges from Northern Kentucky to Northside

Kick off NKY Pride weekend with Happy Hour at Tillie's Lounge in Northside. Grab some swag and get all the details for this year's NKY Pride. Proceeds go to NKY Pride. All tips and donations go to NKY Pride.

Friday, June 3: Mainstrasse

Pride Weekend Happy Hour & Pub Crawl  

Full details to be announced on Facebook

Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m.- 10 p.m.: Mainstrasse

NKY Pride Festival 

  • Stage performances all day
  • Food and beverage stalls 
  • Over 40 vendors 
  • Health and wellness programming (Goebel Park) 
  • Kids activities (Goebel Park) 
  • Dunking booth featuring Cin City Burlesque 

Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: The Metropolitan Club 

Fourth annual NKY Pride Brunch 

  • Draws over 100 LGBTQ leaders and allies 
  • Comments shared on the state of fairness in Kentucky 
  • Raffle off prizes
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance here, or they may be purchased at the door 
  • Five dollars from each ticket purchased goes toward NKY Pride