Mayor Greg Fischer with the Derby City Sisters at last year’s Kentuckiana Pride Parade | Photo by Photos by Kingzimage, Marty King

Although President Trump has yet to acknowledge June as National Pride Month, pride festivals are being held across the country to much fanfare, including here in Louisville. The 17th annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival will begin with a parade down Main Street on Friday, followed by a festival with vendors, music, food and more.

Ever since the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality in 2015, pride festivities have attracted more and more members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their allies. Last year, thousands attended the parade in Louisville to show support, and organizers are expecting even more this year.

Brian Buford is the parade’s grand marshal. | Courtesy of UofL

The parade kicks off Friday, June 16, at 7 p.m. on Main Street from Floyd Street to the Belvedere at Fifth. Brian Buford, UofL’s assistant provost for diversity and executive director of the LGBT Center, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

Afterward, the party will move to the Belvedere and include live music by local band Julius (8:45 p.m.) and R&B star Keri Hilson (10 p.m.).

The festival will reopen on Saturday from noon-11 p.m. and feature two stages of live music (full schedule is below), more than 100 vendors, food, drinks, nonprofit booths and much more.

General admission is $10 for the weekend or $5 a day, but VIP tickets for the weekend include food, drinks and meet and greets with performing artists for $150 (and access to an air-conditioned area).

Live Music/Performance Schedule:

Keri Hilson will perform Friday night. | Courtesy of Keri Hilson

Friday, June 16

  • 6:30 p.m. — DJ Brios
  • 8:45 p.m. — Julius
  • 10 p.m. — Keri Hilson

Saturday, June 17

Main Stage

  • noon — AJ McKay
  • 1 p.m. — CenterStage
  • 1:30 p.m. — Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus
  • 2 p.m. — Pandora Productions
  • 2:30 p.m. — VOICES
  • 3 p.m. — Ma’am Overboard
  • 4 p.m. — DJ Syimone
  • 4 p.m. — Play Dance Bar
  • 4:20 p.m. — Pride Bar
  • 4:40 p.m. — Purrswaytions
  • 5 p.m. — Brass DeVille
  • 6 p.m. — Beverly McClellan
  • 7 p.m. — Ty Herndon
  • 8 p.m. — La Bouche
  • 9 p.m. — Pride Drag Show

Kroger Kentuckiana Stage

  • 1 p.m. — Justin Teague
  • 2 p.m. — Bungalow Betty
  • 3 p.m. — Twenty First Centruy Fox
  • 4 p.m. — Brenda
  • 5 p.m. — Billy Goat Strut Review
  • 6 p.m. — Bridge 19

River Stage

  • 2 p.m. — Derby City Sisters
  • 4 p.m. — Kewl Karoke
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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."