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Louisville Gay Pride 2014 - Kentuckiana Gay Pride 2014

Celebrating gay pride in Kentucky

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The Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade on Friday night commences near Tryangles, a long-time favorite gay bar in downtown Louisville

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The hip 21c Museum Hotel is a popular place to stay during Louisville's Gay Pride celebration

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Downtown Louisville is the site of the annual Kentuckiana Pride celebration each June

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The attractive, livable, and surprisingly progressive city of Louisville is the largest in Kentucky and also the state's center of GLBT culture. Each June, it's the site of the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, a lively two-day event of music, food, community organizing, and social hobnobbing. This year, the dates of Louisville's Gay Pride celebration are June 20 and June 21, 2014. Because Louisville is within a two- to three-hour drive of numerous cities throughout the Midwest and South, it's an especially popular gathering, drawing revelers from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, and St. Louis, to name just a few nearby cities. It's also popular with gays and lesbians in the state's second-largest city, Lexington, which holds its own Pride Festival in late June.

Louisville's Kentuckiana Gay Pride Festival includes two days of festivities (plus there's a Ms. KPF Pageant at the Connection gay nightclub, and a Friends of Pride party at the Belvedere). The Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade and Friday Night Fest take place at 7:30 pm - the parade steps off outside Tryangles gay bar downtown at 209 S. Preston St., and then continues along Market Street, turns north on 4th Street, and finishes with a run down Main Street to site of the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, the Belvedere event space, which is along the downtown riverfront between 4th and 6th streets.

Downtown Louisville's Pride Festival continues on Saturday from noon until 10 pm, back at the Belvedere and features entertainment by a slew of top-rate entertainers.

Additionally, numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check the The Word, a GLBT newspaper serving Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, for for details. You can also find more about the area, including suggestions on dining, lodging, and gay nightlife, in my article on Louisville and Lexington. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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