Champaign-Urbana PrideFest and Parade in September

CHAMPAIGN — The UP Center of Champaign County will be hosting a Pride parade and festival the weekend of Sept. 27-29. 

From the Facebook event:
The Up Center of Champaign County is proud to announce the 2019 Champaign-Urbana PrideFest and Parade. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of our local pride celebration, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, New York, the community will honor these milestones the weekend of September 27-29, 2019. The popular outdoor celebration and vendor fair will take place in the City of Champaign lot, north of One Main Plaza in Downtown Champaign from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 28, with performances and entertainment on the main stage throughout the day. The Up Center will once again partner with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to provide family fun for children of all ages.

UP Center looking for Champaign/Urbana Pride volunteers

CHAMPAIGN — The UP Center of Champaign County is putting out a call for volunteers for this year’s CU Pride in September. In a Facebook post, the center said they are celebrating 10 years of Pride. Volunteers do need to be 15 years old or older. People are needed for positions such as vendor festival set-up, parade line-up and safety monitor, registration and passing the bucket. 

You can see the full list of positions and sign up at this link. 

Decatur Pride looking for volunteers

DECATUR — Decatur Pride is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 5. All volunteers will be provided with a free Decatur IL Pride volunteer T-shirt to wear and free water throughout the day. Potential volunteers can sign up at this link or by contact Decatur Pride on Facebook.

Man who caused DC Pride panic gets plea deal

WASHINGTON — The Washington Blade reported Tuesday that a man charged with brandishing a BB gun and starting a panic at DC Pride in June has accepted a plea deal. The Blade reported that Aftabjit “DJ” Singh, 38, agreed to an offer by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Destructive Device and Attempted Threats to Do Bodily Harm. He’ll be enrolled in a six-month diversion program where his sentence is postponed while he does community service. If the prosecutors think he’s successfully completed the program, the newspaper said, he can drop his guilty plea and have charges dropped. In June, Singh had pulled the BB gun when someone had hit his girlfriend Melissa Duffy, 43.

Evanston Pride Fest coming on Thursdsay

EVANSTON — Evanston, the suburb immediately north of Chicago, will be joining the growing list of Illinois communities holding Pride celebrations tomorrow night. From the Facebook event:
Let’s keep the Pride celebrations going past the month of June! The City of Evanston is hosting an inaugural Evanston Pride Fest on Thursday, July 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Fountain Square South Plaza. Pride Fest will occur in coordination with the Thursday Night Live! event hosted by Downtown Evanston.