Local/Regional News
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Lexington Pride Fest Celebrates Its Fifth Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Pride Festival kicks off tomorrow at Courthouse Plaza in Downtown Lexington. 

Last year’s Pride Festival attracted around 10-thousand people. This year organizers with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization are hoping to top that number despite a forecast that runs into the triple digits. Pride Fest chair Paul Brown says arrangements are being made to help visitors cope with the heat.

"This is the new this year. We're putting up a tent people can sit under, eat and rest for a minute, and hopefully get out of the heat because we're expecting a scorcher tomorrow," he says. 

Brown says volunteers with medical training will also be on hand. The event begins at 11 AM and will include live entertainment throughout the day, dozens of vendors, and kids’ activities. This year’s Pride Fest made headlines months ago when local t-shirt maker Hands-On Originals denied a request to print shirts for the event. A complaint was filed with the local human rights commission. In the wake of the controversy, Cincinnati-based Cincy Apparel agreed to produce 500 shirts free of charge.