Circle City IN Pride
Circle City IN Pride is the annual week of LGBT pride events in Indianapolis. The week is organized by LGBT organization Indy Pride, Inc., and has been held under this name and organization for over a decade. In recent years, more than 70,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people have attended Circle City IN Pride Festival. Indy Pride's Parade and Festival is held the 2nd Saturday in June, with a week of events leading up to it, in honor of the Stonewall Riots and in accordance with other United States pride festivals. Circle City IN Pride Festival is Indiana's largest Pride festival.
"The festival and events are to celebrate gay pride and bring the community together. We're trying to bring visibility to the greater Indianapolis community of how many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people there are here." - past Indy Pride President and founder of Circle City IN Pride, Gary Brackett.
The next week of events is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 thru Sunday, June 9, 2013. The Festival and Parade will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Circle City IN Pride Festival
The festival consists of several attractions for the community, both gay and non-gay, to browse and watch. There are several booths sponsored by local LGBT groups catering to the community as a whole, as well as special interest groups. Other booths throughout the park are sponsored by local businesses that support the LGBT community. Surrounding the park, food vendors and other businesses also have displays set up to show support and market to the community. The centerpiece of the event is the main stage that is erected to overlook the event. Here local and national talents perform, providing entertainment for the crowd. Performances include the Pride of Indy Band, singers, national recording artists, drag performances, DJs and speeches. Performances can range from pure entertainment, such as RuPaul who performed at the close of the festival in 2006 and Kat DeLuna who performed in 2009, to informational speeches, such as that from Candace Gingrich, who in 2007, gave a speech for the Human Rights Campaign on same-sex marriage issues. In 2012, the festival added a 2nd stage dedicated to DJs and dance music, as well as an are designated for family friendly entertainment.
Estimated attendance begin with the year 2005:
- 2005: 20,000
- 2006: 25,000 
- 2007: 32,000 
- 2008: 35,000 
- 2009: 45,000, final year located at University Park
- 2010: 55,000, located at American Legion Mall
- 2011: 70,000, located at American Legion Mall & Veterans Memorial Plaza
- 2012: 80,000, located at American Legion Mall & Veterans Memorial Plaza
Although the event is generally welcomed by the city, with vocal support having come from both Indianapolis former-mayor Bart Peterson and Indiana congresswoman Julia Carson, it is not without its opposition. Each year, Circle City IN Pride draws a small number of protestors who voice their opposition to the event. Their opposition is expressed both verbally and on hand-made signs, and is often based on their religious beliefs. Although this group can often be very good at making themselves known, their presence seldom affects the mood of the event.
Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade
The annual parade began in 2005, and runs from Massachusetts Avenue, which is the city's undesignated gay and lesbian district, to the heart of downtown. Parade grand marshals have included celebrities and politicians, including the late congresswoman Julia Carson. The parade grew to more than 100 floats and participants by 2009.
- 2006: Congresswoman Julia Carson
- 2007: writer and producer Del Shores
- 2009: The traveling Broadway cast of Wicked
- 2010: The Indy Pride Bag Ladies
- 2011: Indy Pride Parade Founder: Cadillac Barbie (Gary K. Brackett)
- 2012: Jordan Windle, the youngest diver to ever qualify for the USA Diving Olympic Team Trials, and adopted son of two fathers.
- Indy Pride began in 1996 as a week-long celebration of events. Jeffrey Cleary and Bill McKinley served as Co-Chairs for the city's first ever pride week. The celebration held 10 events in seven days, culminating with a pride fair on the downtown Indy Canal.
- The first Indy Pride Parade stepped off in 2002. The first parade was small with only eight participants and lasted 15 minutes. It has since grown into a 2-hour-plus-long event.
- In 2011, the festival broke records by attracting a record estimate 70,000 attendees.
- In 2012, the week of events opened with the new "Rainbow 5k Run/Walk". The festival saw the addition of a 2nd stage, as well as an expansion in family-friendly entertainment.
- Indy Pride, Inc. — Organizer
- Circle City IN Pride — Festival
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