Begun in 2009, Latino Gay Pride KC (LGPKC) continues to grow. This year, the event will lengthen to two days — Sept. 12 and 13 — with a Friday night street party in Westport and a Saturday festival in north Hyde Park. Friday’s dance is for the adults, and Saturday is meant for the entire family. In addition to the emphasis on community and Latino culture, the celebration will include a consistent message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Mario Canedo is the showrunner at LGPKC. He and his cohorts work throughout the year to make the festival happen, regularly holding fundraising events that echo the theme of community. This year, the event has its own website, designed by Oz Zùñiga, at Latino Gay Pride.
Adults can come enjoy music and dancing on Friday, while having a drink. Members of the Bear Mafia will provide security. DJ Brett Dietrich, DJ Chad Slater and DJ Geovanni Venegas. Local drag queens, plus Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Miratti will play. $5 cover. Bars will provide drinks. ID required to drink. No outside drinks allowed, including water. No backpacks allowed.
Money raised from the cover charges (after expenses) will be donated to local AIDS service organization Good Samaritan Project (gsp-kc.org).
On Saturday, bring the whole family, along with lawn chairs and blankets. All are welcome. DJs, drag queens, live martial arts performance by Brazil Academy, plus Yara Sofia from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Free admission. No alcohol will be allowed.
The Saturday after-party will be at Industry Video Bar, 3700 Broadway St., Kansas City, Mo.
If you’d like to volunteer to help with the festival, contact organizers at Latino Gay Pride.
Latino Gay Pride KC
Friday, Sept. 12 – Latino Street Blast – 7 p.m. to midnight, Westport Road between Broadway Boulevard and Central Street.
Saturday, Sept. 13 – Latino Gay Pride Festival – 3 to 9 p.m., north Hyde Park, 38th Street and Gillham Road.
A Message from Latino Pride Organizers
Welcome to Latino Pride 2014, where the mission is to provide HIV/AIDS awareness to the Latino community through testing, education, and family entertainment. The Good Samaritan Project is a leader in HIV awareness for the Latino community in Kansas City and provides events such as the Pride Festival to make it safe, easy, accessible and fun for all Latinos to come celebrate the culture and to get more information about a disease affecting a large portion of our population. The expanded schedule allows for an adult event on Friday evening, in Westport, between Broadway and Central, for the community to come together and dance in the street to our live DJs, entertainers, and many guests. We will have food, beverages, and fun. Security will be provided by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, as well as the Bear Mafia, who are volunteering their time for the event. On Saturday, the event takes on the family-friendly atmosphere that we are so known for in Hyde Park at Gillham and 38th Street. There you will find our sponsors and vendors providing literature, activities for children and adults, food, and entertainment.
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