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An Open letter from CRPrideFest


9,000 people enjoy CRPrideFest


You know it’s the first Saturday in July when you see a large crowd in NewBo coming together to celebrate our local LGBTQ community.  This year, over 9000 people turned out on a picture perfect day to celebrate at the 23rd Annual PrideFest Celebration at NewBo City Market. The event, which attracts people from all over the corridor, was a day to remember for many! Over 100 vendors participated in the event and showed their support for LGBTQ community.  Many of the vendors had free activities for families and children to partake in.  Children had the opportunity to have their face painted, jump in a bouncy house and watch performances by the Eastern Iowa Circus Collective.


Entertainment was abound during the festival with Lady J as DJ and Mindy Belle and Lexy Belle being the emcees for the day. The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy performed some of their favorite songs and then Isaac Burris brought the crowd to their feet with a high energy performance.  The party then continued with a family friendly Drag Queen/King.  Many people were wowed by the outfits and the preparation that it took each performer to participate.  The audience was also ecstatic to see Pretty Belle come out of retirement! After the show, people had the opportunity to meet the Queens/Kings and have their pictures taken and get their autographs.  The Awful Purdies closed the event down with an amazing performance that included many of their fan favorite songs.


CR PrideFest wishes to thank everyone for their support, especially our major sponsors- NewBo City Market, Collins Aerospace, Cargill and Linn County Public Health-Sexual Health Alliance. Planning has already begun for the 2020 celebration.  If you are interested in getting involved, please follow CRPrideFest on Facebook or email to get involved.


-CRPrideFest Board of Directors