Indy Pride has gone virtual.

Indianapolis in person pride festivities has been cancelled. However, there is a virtual pride in its place instead. It is set to occur on June 20th 2pm-10pm. It seems to me that the pride festivals have had 3 types of responses so far: Cancel festivities of any kind for 2020, cancel in person festivities but have virtual events, or postpone later in 2020. The big prides have gone for cancelling their in person events entirely (with or without virtual pride), as they do gather hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people. The smaller prides have usually gone virtual, or postpone until a later date, in late 2020. Late into 2020, the threat of COVID-19 would hopefully be much less, and be feasible for smaller prides to hold their events. Though, with this administration, I wouldn’t hold out hope for that.

The Indy Pride Board of Directors has made the decision to modify the Indy Pride Festival and our traditional live Pride Month events out of concern for the health and safety of attendees, volunteers and staff. Don’t worry though, we are doing everything we can to ensure that Pride Month remains a time for us all to be visible, to feel embraced and to celebrate and connect with other incredible community members!

The difficult decision has been made that there will not be an Indy Pride Parade nor an in-person Indy Pride Festival in 2020. In the coming weeks, Indy Pride will announce details of a Virtual Indy Pride Celebration on Saturday, June 20th from 2pm to 10pm. We are working hard to build engaging digital programming through live-streamed channels that everyone will be able to enjoy from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Just because we need to be physically apart doesn’t mean we can’t connect with one another!

You can view their full statement here.