Southern Illinois Pride Pageant cancelled for this year


CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center announced Wednesday has been cancelled the Southern Illinois Pride Pageant for 2020.

The pageant had already been postponed until May 23. However, the stay-at-home order has been extended until May 31.

“It is with a heavy heart that we must cancel this event,” the center said in their cancellation. “The Southern IL Pride Fest must unfortunately be cancelled for 2020, due to Illinois’s reopen orders and limitations on festivals and gatherings.”

They are asking this year’s competitors to speak with donors to see if donations should be returned or to be applied to support the Pride Festival in 2021. Funds raised will count toward the fundraising category for 2021 if they choose to compete.