The UP Center is excited to announce that the 9th annual CU Pride and Parade will happen this year on September 14-16 at 5:00 pm. It’s downstate Illinois’ LARGEST Pride Parade. The CUP team attended last year’s event, which was a fantastic experience – a lot of fun but also some serious education and sharing on issues related to the Pride community.
Some events in the works: Queer Dance Party, Festival and Vendor area, Parade through downtown Champaign, Drag Brunch and more.
Planning is underway for the event. They are looking for vendors and sponsorship spaces are available now. Donations and volunteer help are also welcome.
See the announcement and watch for updates at this site: https://www.unitingpride.org/pride-2018-2/
What’s the UP Center?
Pridefest is sponsored by the UP (United Pride) Center. According to web site, the “UP Center was founded in 2009 as an organization to advocate for the equality, wellness, advocacy, and visibility of the LGBTQ+ communities in Champaign County. Since then, we have been active in the community through support and social groups, community-building events, educational workshops, clothing drives, arts festivals, political advocacy, and more.”