The Indy Mom’s Guide to Pride!

20140607_154128Circle City IN Pride Week is right around the corner!

The Pride Festival in Indianapolis has a relatively short history, starting in 1981 as a dinner where guests wore masks so as not to be recognized. In 2012, however, Circle City IN Pride Fest stretched over 3 blocks, with over 300 vendors, and attracted 80,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and heterosexual people to celebrate, build relationships, and strengthen the LGBT community and its allies.

I, personally, am very excited because THIS YEAR I GET TO BRING MY FAMILY!

My first experience with a Pride Festival was in Houston, when I was pregnant with my son, Charlie. The Supreme Court had just ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and Houston’s mayor- who is a lesbian- was the Grand Marshal of the parade with her partner. I still get chills and tears in my eyes thinking about how exciting it was. I remember walking with my husband, Clay, for whom this open embracing and celebrating of sexuality was new, just so happy to be around people celebrating.

Last year, I missed pride because I was attending a wedding. My brother and his partner babysat Charlie, and took him to Dayton Pride in Ohio. While at the wedding, they sent me pictures and videos of Charlie with drag queens, dancing to music, and having a good time. Mistaken for his parents, people stopped them and told them they were an inspiration. They happily played along.

This is a big year for gay rights in Indiana. The legalization of gay marriage, and then the passing of the Freedom of Religion Restoration Act has sent conflicting messages to the rest of the world about who we are in Indianapolis. Celebrities and performers have boycotted our state, and massive corporations have threatened to move. The repercussions of such restrictive legislation has had a direct impact on the reputation of our city, our opportunity to host another Super Bowl or Final Four, and potentially our economy.

This year we will be marching in the parade as a family with our wonderful friends and neighbors, wearing beautiful rainbows, happy to show our solidarity and support to the gay community.

Pride week starts on June 5th and includes several family-friendly events, such as a roller skating party, Disney movie screening, and Pet Pride (including a pet-owner look alike contest).

You can find all of the weeks events HERE, but some of our favorites for the family include:

Saturday, June 6: Rainbow 5K Run/Walk for Pride
Registration: 7:00 – 7:45am // Run Start: 8:30 // Walk Start: 8:35

The Rainbow 5K Run/Walk returns for a fourth year for Pride week at Talbott Street, Sunday, June 6th, 7am. All proceeds from the Rainbow 5K Run/Walk for Pride will support the Indy Pride Resource Center Fund and provide HIV education through the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

Online registration is available here and is limited to the first 1000 registrants.

Saturday, June 6: Pride Bowl
Start: 3:00pm // End: 7:00pm

Indy Pride teams up for a second year with the Greater Indianapolis Fourth of July Classic (TGIF), an international LGBT bowling tournament that provides fellowship through amateur competition, to host the 2015 edition of Pride Bowl, Saturday, June 6th, 3pm – 7pm.

Pride Bowl will be held at All-Star Bowl, 726 N. Shortridge Rd, and is an all-ages family event. $15 for adults, $10 children under 12. Admission includes 3 games of bowling & shoe rental!

Sunday, June 7: Community Picnic & Bat n’ Rouge
Picnic Start: 12:00pm // Softball Starts: 2:00pm

Indy Pride Bag Ladies returns for a seventh year to defend their title — World Series Trainwreck Champions — against the Circle City Pride Softball league. This popular charity event is hilarity not to be missed!

Bat n’ Rouge starts at 2pm, but before the game, bring the entire family out to the Garfield Park Corporate Shelter (2524 Conservatory Road) for the Community Picnic at 12 p.m. Both events are free and all-ages.

Sunday, June 7: Pride Skate
Start: 6:00pm // End: 9:00pm

Be sure to dress in your favorite Disney Drag, because “Disney Magic” is the theme for this year’s Pride Skate! Show us your perfect Cinderella, Prince Charming, Olaf, or Elsa as you skate with friends and family of all ages! Returning to Roller Cave Family Fun Center on the East side of Indianapolis, Pride Skate is all ages event, 6p – 9p. Click here for more details.

Monday, June 8: Pet Pride
Start: 6:00p // End: 8:00p

Pet Pride understands and focuses on the love we all share for our pets — how integral they are in the definition of “family.” Once again, Pet Pride 2015 at Riverside Park, 2420 Riverside Drive, promises to be a barking good time!

Pet Pre-registration is recommended at and is available now! This event is all ages, has free admission, and begins at 6pm.

Tuesday, June 9: Movie Night
Starts: 8:30pm // Movie: 9:00pm

Join us on the lawn of the Indianapolis Fire Fighters Museum (748 Massachusetts Ave) as we watch Finding Nemo under the stars! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this classic in a fantastic outdoor location. Some of Indy’s amazing food trucks will be on hand as well, so don’t forget your appetite! Movie starts at 9p.

Click here for more details.

Saturday, June 13: Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade
Line up Time: 8:30am // Step off Time: 10:00am

The Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade is one of the largest parades in the city, having grown to include over 30 floats, 150 units, 200 vehicles, 2,500 walkers, and over 35,000 spectators in 2014. This year, as recognition for his continued support, Indy Pride, Inc., is pleased to have Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard as this year’s Grand Marshal.

The parade will line up at 8:30 AM, Saturday, June 13th, 2015, at the corner of Mass Ave and College Ave, and will step off at 10:00 AM. The parade will De-marshal at St. Clair in front of the Indianapolis Public Library. New this year, the parade route has extended down a block to Vermont Street! This is a free, all ages event, followed immediately by the CCINP Festival, located at the end of the parade.

Saturday, June 13: Circle City IN Pride Festival
Start: 10:00am // Ends: 7:00pm

The festival is Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, stretching further than three city blocks, with 4 stages of entertainment and hundreds of unique product and food vendors. Last year, it was attended by more than 95,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual people, reflecting the diversity that the festival champions. This year’s festival is headlined by Neon HitchChely WrightJeffery StrakerJimmy James, and RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist, Courtney Act! The IndyMojo 3rd Stage will feature the best in local DJs and 93.9 The Beat is presenting the 4th stage, now in its second year.

I hope to see you there- please post your pictures on social media and hashtag #IndyMomsExplore!

Dayton Pride 2012

Dayton Pride 2012


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