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Wichita Gay Pride 2013

Celebrating Gay Pride the largest state in Kansas

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Located in southeastern Kansas, about 200 miles southwest of Kansas City and 160 miles north of Oklahoma City, the sprawling river city of Wichita is the largest municipality in Kansas, with a population of nearly 400,000 (630,000 metro). In America's quite socially conservative heartland, the gay population is relatively small and also less conspicuous than in many other parts of the country, but visitors are sometimes surprised that Wichita does have a growing gay scene; according to the latest census figures, some 900 same-sex couples live in Wichita. The city had held its Pride celebration in June until making a switch this year - now Wichita Gay Pride takes place in late September, the culmination of about 10 days of events. The main weekend this year is September 28 and 29, 2013.

Events related to Wichita Gay Pride take place for about 10 days leading up to the big weekend, including a gala opening party on Thursday, September 19, followed by a family picnic, Wigstock Festival, bowling night, movie night, and party bus on Friday.

Then on Saturday, September 28, there's a Block Party at the main festival grounds, the Mid-America All-Indian Center (650 N. Seneca St.), followed the next day by the Wichita Gay Pride Parade (running from Sedgwick County Courthouse to the Indian Center), followed by the Wichita Pride Festival.

Although there aren't many resources on the gay scene in Wichita, the city does have a useful gay newspaper, the Liberty Press, which has plenty of information on local organizations, bars, and resources. Also helpful, in terms of travel tips and advice on the region, is website of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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