Champaign/Urbana Pride Fest and Parade now accepting sponsors, partners


The organizers of the Champaign/Urbana Pride Fest and Parade have started to accept applications for vendors, parade entries, advertising and sponsors.

The festivities start on Friday, Sept. 24 and go through the weekend. The main Pride Fest and Parade will be held in Urbana, with events occurring throughout the weekend in Champaign and Campustown.

The theme for 2021 “What the Health?: Fighting, Surviving, Thriving”. The organizers said that they chose this theme to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first CDC-reported case of AIDS, to draw attention to the number of LGBTQ individuals disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to focus on the health disparities that continue to exist within LGBTQ communities, especially in communities of color. This year’s festival will feature workshops, panel discussions, and entertainment.

You can download the sponsor/vendor application at the Uniting Pride Center website. If you have questions, email the UP Center at [email protected]