Frequently Asked Questions
Date & Location
When and where is Memphis Pride Fest?
The 2019 Memphis Pride Fest will be held on Saturday, September 28th at Robert Church Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The parade will step off at 1:00pm at the corner of 4th and Beale Street and travel west through the historic Beale Street Entertainment District.
Why is Memphis Pride Fest in September? Isn’t Pride month in June?
Memphis Pride Fest was moved to September in 2011 for several reasons, but mostly because of the high temperatures and humidity in Memphis. We want our entire community to be able to safely enjoy the festival without the adverse health effects from the heat.
Another benefit is that it allows our community the opportunity to celebrate Pride all over – by hosting Memphis Pride Fest in September, it gives everyone the chance to visit other festivals without having to miss their hometown celebration.
Why did Pride move back to Robert Church Park?
At the end of 2018, the Board of Directors was informed that Tom Lee Park was scheduled to be under construction as part of a city-wide focus to redevelop the riverfront. While several options were presented to us as alternative locations, the Board felt that Robert Church Park was the best suitable location. This was due to our vast experience with the park, the accessibility to Beale Street and our ability to utilize street closures to accommodate our rapidly growing festival.
Will Pride ever return to Tom Lee Park?
The short answer is yes! We are watching the developments on the riverfront closely and will be working with the Memphis River Parks Partnership to make the riverfront our permanent home.
About the Festival
Is there a charge to attend Memphis Pride Fest?
There currently is no cover charge to attend the festival or parade, but to help keep the festival free we do have a $5 suggested donation at the enterance of the park.
Are dogs allowed in the park?
Yes! We love our four legged friends, but please be mindful of other festivalgoers and ensure they are on a leash and you clean up behind them.
About the Parade
When are Grand Marshals announced?
Grand Marshal nominations & voting will start at the end of July. The announcements will be made via social media on September 2nd.
What time does the Parade start?
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm. Please note that unforseen circumstances could delay the Parade by up to an hour.
How far is the Parade route?
This year the Parade kicks off at 4th & Beale and ends at Main & Beale.
Where is the best place to view the Parade?
Anywhere on Beale Street is great, but we do recommend not do gather heavily at 4th & Beale.
Is there a Parade VIP?
Yes! Couples who purchase the “Partners with Benefits” are eligible for parade-side VIP.
Information for Sponsors, Vendors, Parade Entries & Volunteers
About the Festival
How can I sponsor/become a vendor/be in the parade or volunteer?
Visit midsouthpride.org/participate – here you can find additional information on all these topics, as well as registration forms.
When is the last day I can register to be a vendor?
Our regular forms will be shut off at the end of business on Monday, September 2. Should space allow, Mid-South Pride may keep the forms open for an undetermined amount of time, but all applications received after 9/2 will be subject to a $30 late entry fee.
What do I do if I’m unable to attend as a vendor? Is my registration fee refundable?
Unfortunately, due to the extreme nature of planning involved in putting on the festival, Mid-South Pride can not guarantee refunds for vendors unable to attend.
What time can I start setting up and taking down my booth?
Vendors may start setting up at 7:00am the day of the festival, but all cars must be off the grounds by 9:00am. Due to the safety of festivalgoers, we ask that no cars are brought on the park grounds to load out until 5:00pm
Should you need to set up earlier than the posted time, please contact us to make arrangements.
When will I get my booth location?
Booth locations will be sent out by Thursday, September 26. Please do not be alarmed if you do not receive information by then – our layout can change until the last minute to accommodate everyone looking to participate.
About the Parade
Why did the Parade entry fee increase this year?
Mid-South Pride works to keep costs low for all vendors and parade entries. The fee for the Parade increased this year due to additional costs for street closures and barricades.
What time should I line up for the Parade?
All parade groups should be at the corner of 4th and Beale by 12:00pm to ensure the groups are staged for kickoff.
When will I know where I am in the Parade?
We usually send out lineup instructions about a week before the parade. We also post the lineup on our social media channels. Group organizers should watch their email or follow us on Facebook for announcements, and forward to their groups so all are aware.
When will I find out the Parade winners?
Parade winners are announced from the main stage at the festival. Trophies will be ready sixty days after the Parade – please ensure that you leave proper contact information so we can get the awards to you.