2015 Pride

by Chad Hundley, Pride Festival Chair

The old year has passed and the new one is here! With the wall calendars having to be changed to the 2015 ones, it makes me realize that Pride is quickly approaching now! As of January 1st, the countdown hits right under 180 days till the 2015 Lexington Pride Festival. Yes, it will be here before we know it.

Soon our Pride Sponsors will start being announced and publicized. The new ROYGBP rainbow tiered sponsorship levels are sure to bring maximum exposure to the businesses and organizations who choose to support Lexington’s LGBTQIAA… community and Pride Festival. We as the community want to make sure that we support the businesses that support us, and they will be given window decals to put up in their businesses to show that they are a Proud Sponsor of the 2015 Festival. Be on the lookout for these decals in the windows so you can be sure to thank them for being a sponsor for your Pride Festival!

The vendor applications will also be released on January 1st on the website at www.lexpridefest.org. If you or someone you know wishes to become part of the festival as a vendor, you will want to make sure to complete and submit your applications as soon as you can, because we expect to sell out early again this year! Spaces are limited and only reserved with complete approval from the vendor liaisons. We expect a larger crowd this year, with some new and improved ideas in the works as well!

We will start announcing the entertainment in the next two months and many potential entertainers have already been contacted. The fundraising efforts are in full swing, with the help of the Imperial Court of Kentucky with our annual A Very Fairy Christmas on Dec 17. This year we raised more than we ever have with this event with a $200+ increase from previous years! More Dine to Donates are being scheduled, and a plan to bring back Pride’s Valentine’s themed show “Lots of Hearts and Body Parts” is underway!

Even though our committee is hard at work on everything, we still need many more individuals willing to volunteer some time to sit on our sub-committees to help our chairs out. If you ever said that you wanted to volunteer and help out, now is the time to do so! Volunteering for the Pride planning committee is so fulfilling, and think of how exciting it will be to know that you helped to put on this grand event! So come OUT and join us at our next planning committee on Thursday, January 22nd, at the GLSO Pride Center promptly at 6:30 pm. You can also email me anytime at chad@lexpridefest.org. Let’s get 2015 off to a great start!