CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — This small city just across the Mississippi from Illinois will have its first Pride celebration this spring.
Local public radio station KRCU reported that it was being organized by local LGBTQ organization Cape Pride.
Amber Moyers, who heads the board of directors for the LGBTQ+ advocacy group, says the event has been in the works since June 2018. They had hoped to hold the event last year, but Moyers says they ran out of time, and were still in need of more organization before moving forward.
But, putting the event off until 2019 proved to be a blessing, Moyers said, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Civil Rights Movement.
“June of 1969 is when the Stonewall Riots started,” says Moyers. “So we thought, as a group, that the 50-year mark is definitely the place where we want to have the first Pride for Cape.”
She added that registering the group under a 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption also helped solidify the upcoming event.
The event will be more a Pride festival, like that held in Carbondale, than a parade.
The festival is on May 4, in Cape Girardeau’s Capaha Park starting at noon.