Pride Festival

It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone the 2021 Upper Cumberland Pride celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, 2021.

Due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, we cannot, in good conscience put the health and well-being of our community, their family, and their friends at risk of contracting this despicable virus.

We know this is disappointing to everyone, and it is to us as well. This decision was not made lightly, and all pros and cons were weighed. We had so many amazing surprises planned for you all, and we hope to be able to bring them to you soon. We will be reaching out to vendors, sponsors, and performers as soon as possible to discuss rescheduling or other options.

Thank you for understanding,
The Board of Upper Cumberland Pride

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Why a Pride Festival?

Held annually, typically in June (but in August 2021 due to the pandemic), the Upper Cumberland Pride Festival celebrates the diversity found in our beautiful region of Tennessee. Gay Pride month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. 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, concerts, and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events that attract millions of participants worldwide. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The commemorative month’s purpose is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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