Parade – The parade will begin Saturday, September 25th at 3:00 PM in Urbana, IL. This will be a mask-mandated event. The parade route will start at S Busey and Green, go up Green, Cedar, Elm, and Broadway, and end at Broadway and Water.
This year’s Pride Fest will be designed to bring our diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future, while raising funds for the Uniting Pride programs and educating the public about the existence and continuing civil rights battle facing our community. C-U Pridefest will be held the weekend of September 24 through 26, 2021. And after a year of isolation because of COVID-19 and to recognize the significance of the 40-year anniversary of the HIV/AIDS crisis, this year’s theme is “What the Health? Fighting, Surviving, Thriving.”
Along with the Pride Parade and Vendor fair, there will be educational workshops, youth and family programming, and a host of other events.
The Pridefest Committee is also collaborating with Pygmalion to co-host performances by LGBTQ+ artists and entertainers during Pride weekend.
The long-running arts and culture event will be held the same weekend as Pride. Pride programming will be held in various venues across Urbana, Campustown, and Champaign.