From Our Community: Kenosha Pride festival returns in August

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KENOSHA ⸺ It’s official: The Kenosha Pride festival will return to Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.

Kenosha Pride, Inc.’s Board of Directors made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. 

The event announcement follows the city’s Parks Commission unanimously approving Pride’s special event application and permits last Monday, March 24.

This will also be the ninth year that the group has held an event in the city.

Order of event

The 2021 event will begin, as usual, with the annual march around Library Park in downtown Kenosha. Prior to the march, sign-making and gathering will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 22, according to a Pride release. 

Around noon, Pride speakers will welcome attendees and offer a few acknowledgments before the march follows immediately after.

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Festival grounds open at 12:30 p.m.

The festival grounds will open at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. There, music and a myriad of vendors will greet marchers as they make their way into Veterans Memorial Park.

In the park, entertainment will take place on two stages beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m.

Health and wellness also a partial focus

“All attendees entering the grounds through the designated entrance points will be provided a mask,” the release also states. “Kenosha Pride, Inc. is currently working with one of our partners to provide masks for all in attendance including performers, vendors, volunteers, and attendees.” 

Kenosha Pride is also working with another community partner to establish a “Health and Wellness area” where attendees can visit vendors/organizations specifically focusing on health and well-being. 

“We will continue to host our pet specific area, children’s area, two stages and beer tent,” the group added.

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Pride to monitor COVID-19 situation

Pride is also continuing to work with community partners “to ensure a safe, clean and fun event.”

Likewise, the group encourages those interested in the event to continue to monitor www.kenoshapride.org for updates leading up to the day.

You can also follow them on social media by searching for “@kenoshapride”.

Kenosha Pride also encourages anyone interested in donating to or becoming a sponsor of to the group to visit their website.

“Kenosha Pride, Inc. is continuing to seek alternative funding sources to help offset the impact COVID-19 has had on the small, local funding sources Kenosha Pride has relied on in the past so that they can remain involved in 2021,” the release states.


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