Hundreds of people gather for Pride Festival this weekend

Jun 4, 2022, 4:55 PM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 4:30 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – On Saturday, hundreds of people showed up in Washington Square wearing their brightest colors for Pride Fest.

Due to the pandemic, it’s the first time in three years since the big Pride Fest returned to Salt Lake City.

The Utah Pride Center said the Utah Pride Fest is the largest pride celebration per capita in the Western United States. 

Perhaps it’s the most colorful time of the year. For many, it’s a breath of fresh air to be yourself, unapologetically.

Attendees and event workers could be heard cheering, “Happy Pride!” 

“Just loving who they are and bath celebrating who they are,” said Keindrick Willis. 

Attendees at the Utah Pride Fest 2022.

Because of the pandemic, it’s the first time in three years since the big Pride Fest is back in Salt Lake City.

“At the end of the day, we know who we are, and no one can take that away from us,” said Willis.

The Utah Pride Center predicts over 60,000 attendees will head to Pride Fest Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees shared their hope that the LGBTQ+ community pride doesn’t end with Pride Fest, rather, it is a bridge for generations to come. 

“The future generations will know that when they grow up, this is what we were able to offer them,” said April McKee.

The Pride Fest continues Sunday, with the Pride Parade kicking off at 10 a.m.

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Hundreds of people gather for Pride Festival this weekend