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Family Pride Festival

Some of the following events may also take place at Jordan Block Park.

The Family Pride Festival starts off with the Paws for Pride Pet Parade–participants can sign up to dress up their pets with Pride gear and march them around Washington Square Park–esteemed judges will award prizes. Pets can include dogs, cats, reptiles, and small mammals, but they must be well-behaved and on leashes, in covered pet strollers, or in cages/tanks on a secure wagon. Donations for this event will be accepted and 100% of them will go to Pet Project.

Our drag show includes 10 queens, it begins at 11:00am and runs until 12:30. The show is outside on the Main Stage on Jordan Block. It is free, and there will be a chance to take pics with the queens after the show.

Performers include Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers, Cheryl Rodey, Rockin’ with Leonardo (kids show), The Stu Show (kids show), and the Magnolia Belly Dancers. Ky Chameleon from the Dancing Bear Tribe Circus will also be performing. The local Pride Choir will perform later in the day, directed by Donna Martin.

Food vendors include Bertha Food Truck, Esther’s Tacos, Keely’s Castle, Ferguson’s Concessions, and Lodi Tap House. Perfect Moments Event Shoppe and Simply Decorated Bakery will also have booths with baked goods and snacks.

Vendors include businesses and artisans selling jewelry, Pride swag, screen printed tees on demand, tumblers, leather goods, glass pipes, Mary Kay and Color Smart reps, Discovery Toys, Kristine’s Shower, and numerous fine artists and photographers.

There will also be Non-Profits booths set up with resources and guidance, including PFLAG, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Equality Illinois, Trinity Lutheran Church of Ottawa, Open Table UCC, Safe Journeys, Valley Immigrant Advocates, and North Central Behavioral Health Systems.

Prairie Fox Books will be hosting numerous Drag Story Hours throughout the day, local restaurants and merchants will be showing their support in numerous ways (including themed menu items), and Open Space Art Gallery will be helping host with crafts and activities for all ages!

There will be numerous fundraising opportunities throughout the day for Youth Outlook Drop-in Center in Ottawa.

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