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St. Louis PrideFest Prepares For First Downtown Celebration

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PrideFest Parade, KMOX/Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s been a big week for proponents of same-sex marriage after landmark rulings were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

Rolling on the swell of that optimism is this weekend’s 34th annual St. Louis PrideFest.

But if you head down to the Tower Grove neighborhood to take part this year, you’ll be in the wrong place.

Pride St. Louis President Stacy Stift says they felt like the time was right to take PrideFest downtown.

“Mostly because of visibility and our city being very welcoming to the fact that we’re here and we’re part of the community and wanting to be seen as part of the community and being downtown in front of the steps of City Hall was a huge draw for us,” she said. “We’ve looked at moving downtown at least the last four or five years and with our growing numbers and wanting more visibility, those are several of the factors that went into moving.”

Events get underway with a wreath-laying ceremony at Soldiers’ Memorial at noon Saturday. Events run through 9:30 Saturday night.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Sunday at 8th and Market, then activities continue from 1 to 7:30 pm.

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