Celebrating Pride in the Mid-South Since 2003
The annual Mid-South Pride Festival is the single largest gathering for the LGBT community and its allies in the Mid-South. It attracts more than 9,000 attendees and includes entertainment featuring musicians, bands, speakers, and dance performances. The Festival showcases more than 125 vendor and informational booths, great food, and of course, the Pride Parade rolling down Historic Beale Street. Events at the Festival and Parade are family friendly and packed full of fun.
This year we adopted a name change of the event from Mid-South Pride Festival and Parade to Memphis Pride Fest. This year we are proud to announce the addition of two more events expanding our 1-day Festival to a 3-day FEST.
Memphis Pride Fest Sept 23rd – 25th 2016
Friday, Sept 23rd – The Pride Concert 7p at Handy Park
Saturday, Sept 24th – Festival 10 – 5p and Parade at 1p at
Sunday Sept 25th in Cooper Young at Celtic Crossing 1p and Alchemy at 4p
We welcome everyone to be a part of this grand celebration!
Countdown to Pride 2016
September 24th, 2016
Festival 10am – 5pm | Parade at 1pm
Robert Church Park
4th & Beale Street
Downtown Memphis, TN
Memphis Pride Fest
The Mid-South Pride Festival is an all day event that attracts thousands of friends, families and organizations from all over the Mid-South. You’ll find lots of excitement, great food, entertainment by local and national celebrities, and over 80 vendor booths with products, services, and information. Pride is a family friendly experience with a children’s activities area, and a VIP Section with a great view of the stage and festivities, and extra concessions for the adults. Vendor booths can also be reserved here on our website.
Professionals interested in performing on the Pride Stage, please submit the application here on our website. If you have suggestions for entertainers or speakers, please share them in our suggestion box.
And of course, what would PRIDE be with out a big, bold, colorful parade? Every year, thousands of excited on-lookers gather to experience the climactic celebration of proud Mid-South LGBT friends, families, and supporters, as they make their way through the historic Beale Street District in the Annual Mid-South Pride Parade. Everyone is welcome to participate, and trophies are awarded for a list of titles including best use of theme, best walking group, and best in show. Individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in joining the party, can submit a parade entry here on our website.
We believe that Pride should be a diverse and multi-cultural experience. Being proud of your community, whether LGBT, straight, Latino, African American, Asian, or any other nationality or heritage is the essence of every Pride celebration. We encourage diversity by inviting all cultures to represent and celebrate the pride and passion for their communities. If you have suggestions to help Mid-South Pride could reach out to new communities & cultures, please submit your suggestions here on our website.
If you have heros to suggest as Grand Marsals for the parade, please let us know by adding their names and their contributions to our suggestion box.
Every year Mid-South Pride selects people in our community that deserve recognition for all of the things they have done for our community. Read who we selected this year by clicking here.
In order to plan an even better Mid-South Pride Festival & Parade for next year, we’d like to hear from you! Please submit our Community Feedback Survey to let us know how we did...
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2015 Festival Location
Robert Church Park
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