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Pride Parade

The 2024 Veridian Pride Parade will be held at Noon on Sunday, June 9, 2024 as part of PrideFest Weekend, June 7-9, 2024! Capital City Pride is a celebration of community and culture, and the Pride Parade honors LGBTQ+ social and self-acceptance, legal rights, achievements, and pride. The iconic route starts at the Iowa State Capital and travels down Grand Avenue into the Historic East Village. Show us your PRIDE, and be a part of the Parade! Parade registration closed on Friday, May 31st. If you have any questions about the parade, email us at

Meet and Greet Plus

Would you like some to meet one of this year’s PrideFest Headliners? You can! Sign up for a Meet and Greet to have a one-on-one photo op and get a PrideFest swag bag filled with amazing stuff that includes a Capital City Pride Clear Tote Bag, a certificate for an Iowa IV hydrating IV and B-12 infusion, an Iowa IV pride wristband and koozie, and 2 PrideFest drink tickets. (ID required. May be used for alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. May be exchanged for a single THC/CBD drink ticket.) Sign up and get more details at the link below.

Pet Parade

The 2024 Pet Parade is proudly presented by F&G.

Join us for Capital City Pride’s Seventh Annual Pride Pet Parade and let your furry friend show their support for a cause as close to their hearts as it is to yours! Pre-register before June 3rd for just $20 and receive a complimentary pride mini-session at Arf & Wag Studio, a day-pass to Paws & Pints, an hour of self-service dog wash at Canine Clean, and some other giveaways (over a $200 value)! Registrations after June 3rd are $25 and may exclude some of the bonus gifts. Don’t miss out on prizes awarded in six categories: Most Pet Pride, Pet and Owner Look-a-Like, Best Dressed, Best in Show, Crowd Favorite, and Super Model. All registered pets will also receive a Capital City Pride branded bandana!

5K Pride Stride

Walk. Run. Strut with Capital City Pride in the annual Capital City Pride Stride 5K! The Pride Stride 5K will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 8:00am at Brenton Skating Plaza. Come kick off the second day of PrideFest with us! Pride Stride is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of diversity and acceptance. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a casual walker, or somewhere in between, everyone is welcome to participate and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.  Early Bird Registration (March 25th – May 20th) is $30 per person, and Regular Registration (May 21 – June 4) is $40. All registrations include a Pride Stride t-shirt and a race medal. Only very LIMITED same-day registrations will be available at the event on June 8, so be sure to secure your spot early!

Ms. Mr. Mx. TEEN Pageant

This year’s Capital City Pride Pageant is presented by NFM and is set for Saturday, June 1st from 5pm – 8pm at the Garden Restaurant and Show Lounge. A night of all things PRIDE! Contestants will compete in three categories including Pride Wear, Formal Wear with an onstage question and talent. If you think you have what it takes to be Ms., Mr., Mx. or Teen Capital City Pride 2024! Participant registration is now closed, but come out to cheer folks on!

PrideFest Booth Space

The 2024 Vendor Booth Space application period closed on Friday, May 17th. If you have any questions about vendor booth space, email us at

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