Join us on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Dogwood Park in Cookeville, Tennessee for the 9th annual Upper Cumberland Pride Festival. The festival runs from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and features free entertainment, local non-profits, community organizations, business vendors, and food trucks.
Why a Pride Festival?
Held annually in June, the Upper Cumberland Pride Festival celebrates the diversity found our beautiful region of Tennessee. Gay Pride month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.