2019 Boise Pride Festival

The 30th anniversary of Pride Fest in Boise was the best one yet.
Boise Pride Festival
This year marked Boise’s 30th Annual Pride Festival. A celebration of the LGBTQ community, free-spiritedness, acceptance, and most importantly, love.
 
I arrived at Downtown Boise midday. At first glance, I noticed people aimlessly walking around, enjoying the outdoor eateries, shops and the sunshine. The energy in the air was apparent and alive. People of all ages, some walking in groups while holding hands, exploring the streets by themselves,  while others were laughing and enjoying the company of their friends and families.
 
I approached Cecil D. Andrus Park, located across the street from the State Capital and witnessed a gathering of event-goers covering the area. Various tents of local businesses lined the grassy park showing their support and talking with locals and visitors, food trucks and vendors lined the block, and in the center of it all, the Wells Fargo main stage. Where drag shows consisting of different types of unique talent and local performances would take place, all showcasing their pride in themselves and for their community.
Boise Pride Festival

As I continued my way through the crowd, I began noticing the eccentric and vibrant characters scattering the area. Some had chosen to dress heavily in the colors of the rainbow flag, others choosing to let their free-spirits shine and going with a more minimal-clothing approach.

What left me inspired about the event was the participation of the city in it’s celebration. For being a conservative state, the multitude of public decor sparked hope of a brigher future for the LGBTQ community and greatly showed the acceptance and welcoming spirit within the network of small Downtown Boise businesses.

Despite the electric energy of the event, this pride festival felt intimate and small but truly cherished by the local LGBTQ community. I believe that as the population of Boise and the Treasure Valley increases, the support and growth of the community will as well. At next year’s pride festival as well as the festivals that follow, I hope for an even bigger celebration, with multiple stages, more performances and acts of neighboring pride festivals, and more members of the community coming out to show their support.

The time to go out and celebrate our life has always been now. Many of us can seem to forget that everyone on this planet has a story and comes from different walks of life. The beauty and magic of it all is realizing that when we all come together, love is love and love will always win.

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Robby Acosta

Robby Acosta

An expert at going out.