The event was arranged by Cody Bauer, Steve Mahr, David Klennert and Mike Goll. Bauer and Mahr are straight married men who view themselves as LGBTQ allies while Klennert and Goll are newlyweds. "We've all wanted to do a pride in Orange City for a really long time," Bauer said.Klennert proposed hosting the festival later in the year so it wouldn't detract from pride events across the country that are held in June, which is Pride Month. The response to the event has been largely positive, organizers said. They expect about 200 people to attend the event.
I went to the event's Facebook page and didn't see any parades, but I did see many other activities:
The schedule of events is listed below. Please check back often, as some locations and performers are in the process of being confirmed.A group named Sioux County Conservatives is upset over this pride event and have highlighted the business sponsors -- but they've been clear that they aren't promoting a business boycott.
6:00p Aubrey Weger will open pride weekend with acoustic folk music at Town Square Coffee House. You won't want to miss it.
8:00p-11:00p DJ Scruff turns Town Square Coffee House into a dance party.
1:00-3:00p information booths at Town Square Coffee House
3:00-5:00p Storytelling hosted by Orange City Leap at Town Square Coffee House
5:00-9:00p Food. We recommend Sfumato Pizzeria! Please call ahead! 712-737-3007
8:00p public showing of "To Wong Foo" location TBA
10:00p after party location TBA
11:00-2:00p brunch and showtunes at Town Square Coffee House