For Immediate Release:
The Kenosha Pride, Inc. Board of Directors is excited to announce that Kenosha Pride 2018 was the most successful Kenosha Pride event to date. Kenosha Pride 2018 took place on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Kenosha, WI. The two event day began with the Pride March which began at Library Park and ended at the Kenosha Pride Festival at Veterans Memorial Park.
The 6th Annual Kenosha Pride March began at 11:00am with gathering, sign making, and socializing. Shortly after 12:00pm the crowd was welcomed by Dan Seaver, President of Kenosha Pride, Inc. During the welcome Mr. Seaver recognized and allowed local politicians to briefly speak to the crowd, and recognized Alderman Anthony Kennedy who stopped by but was unable to stay for the event. Mr. Seaver then welcomed this year’s Grand Marshal, Alex Hart-Upendo. Mr. Hart Upendo is the Founder and CEO of Build-A-Bow. After acknowledging Tactical Response and Kenosha Police, the march stepped off. Throughout the march, cars honked in support and may people giving the march a thumbs up as they proceeded north on Sheridan Rd.
This year’s Kenosha Pride Festival welcomed many areas of growth. An expanded Marketplace welcomed over 25 vendors and exhibitors. The expanded Beer Tent welcomed a larger variety of beverages and more space to move around. Agadore Park, Kenosha Pride’s pet area, featured 5 vendors/exhibitors, as well as, water and pools for pets to cool down and refresh. Also new this year was the addition of a second stage, and the naming of the stages. The Stonewall Stage hosted the event closing Diva’s Drag Show and was run by returning Emcee NaTasha Roberts and returning DJ Lorax. The new Pulse Stage was hosted by both Audrina May-Munro and Ruby Sinthesky and welcomed DJ Haunt3d Hous3.
Attendance at Kenosha Pride 2018 was estimated to be around 750 people, which makes this year the largest event yet. Kenosha Pride, Inc. worked with several businesses and organizations to help make Kenosha Pride 2018 a huge success. Sponsors of Kenosha Pride 2018 were: Event Sponsor-The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin; Entertainment Sponsor-Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Beer Tent Sponsor-Club ICON; Kids Craft Area and Bounce House Sponsor-Aurora Health Care; Agadore Park Sponsors-Peace, Paws, and Harmony as well as Animal Hospital of Lake Villa; Marketplace Sponsor-Educators Credit Union. Thank you to Tactical Response Private Police for donating time/personnel as security. In addition to these sponsors many other individuals and businesses donated to the success of Kenosha Pride 2018. Kenosha Pride 2018 was overseen by the all-volunteer Board of Directors and helped by an amazing group of volunteers throughout the day-without volunteers Kenosha Pride wouldn’t be a success.
Those who attended are encouraged to visit the Kenosha Pride website and complete the Guest Survey to tell Kenosha Pride, Inc. what you liked, disliked, and what you would like to see in the future.
SAVE THE DATE: Kenosha Pride 2019 is Sunday, July 14, 2019