Southern Illinois Pride announces 2019 schedule


CARBONDALE —  Southern Illinois Pride has announced the schedule of events for this year’s celebration.

May 31

  • 5:30 p.m. – Opening Reception at the Varsity Center for the Arts, followed by a double feature: To Wong Fu, with Love, Julie Newmar and Kinky Boots.
  • 10:30 p.m. – Benefit concert for the Rainbow Cafe, hosted by PK’s.

June 1

  • 10 a.m. – Pride March. Gather at Gaia, march begins at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Friends and family are encourage to cheer.
  • Noon – Festival at the Town Square Pavilion and Washington Square. There will be speakers, vendors, live bands, drag performances, community tables, and youth activities.
  • 8 p.m. – PRIDE Concert and Drag Show, a benefit for the Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center, hosted by Street Bar.

June 2

  • 10:30 a.m. Accepting and Affriming Worship at First Christian Church of Carbondale
  • 1 p.m. Drag Queen Bingo at the Varscity Center for the Arts

The is the second year for a Pride celebration in Southern Illinois. For questions on volunteering, vendors or just about the festival, go to