Kalamazoo’s Pride Fest will be online this year

The annual June event was forced online last year as well.

In a normal year, Kalamazoo’s Pride Fest would be a raucous affair, with live music, drag shows, and thousands of attendees. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be much more reserved.

OutFront Kalamazoo, the organizer of the annual event, has decided to hold its celebration of LGBTQ+ pride online this year in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Events will be held throughout the month of June with an awards ceremony scheduled for June 11.

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“Despite the increase in the availability of vaccines, there are still many uncertainties that come with hosting a large-scale, in-person event,” said Executive Director Amy Hunt in a press release.

Last year’s Pride Fest was moved online as well, as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic swept through the world. OutFront plans to bring back the event next year and expects a larger-than-usual celebration.

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