Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend

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Steve Truesdell
It's pride time!
Happy pride, St. Louis!

Now in its 35th year, PrideFest St. Louis kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the official wreath-laying ceremony on the steps of Soldiers Memorial. The gay-pride festival also honors LGBT troops with an official military entry in the Wells Fargo Grand Pride Parade, the city's second-largest parade, on Sunday.

"In my lifetime, I never thought I would witness the gay community being allowed, by law, to serve their country openly, and have pride in doing so, in the U.S. Armed Forces," says Master Sergeant Steve Zeiger, who leads the wreath-laying ceremony. "This is how it is supposed to be. We are truly living what our constitution declares."

See also: Journalist Refuses to Cover Pride Event at Fort Leonard Wood, "Comes Out" as Anti-LGBT

With four stages, dozens of participating community partners and side parties at St. Louis' local gay bars, this year's celebration is destined to be a great time. If you need more convincing, here are five reasons to celebrate Pride in 2014:

1. Manila Luzon is coming.


How can any fan of RuPaul's Drag Race forget Manila Luzon, the Filipina glamazon who's not afraid to stretch Asian stereotypes to get a laugh? Luzon's fierce fashions and sparkling wit earned her the first runner-up spot on RuPaul's seminal competition show and thousands of fans around the world, including here in St. Louis.

Luzon -- named after the capital of the Philippines, Manila, and its largest island, Luzon -- will emcee the Bud Light Main Stage at downtown's PrideFest Saturday night, where she'll introduce performers the Eric Himan Band, Ariana & the Rose and Alex Newell.

See also: Six Glee Performances that Make Us Want to See Alex Newell at PrideFest

Luzon can do more than just sissy that walk. After releasing her first single, "Hot Couture," in 2011, she partnered with Cazwell and rapped in her new song "Helen Keller," featuring Richie Beretta and Roxy.

And speaking of RuPaul, one of her greatest rivals, Lady Bunny of Wigstock fame, will be emceeing the Monsanto Stage Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

There are lots more reasons to have pride! Keep clicking for four more.

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Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I find it hilarious that Monsanto sponsors this, is everyone gonna head straight to the picket line after the parade lol.

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

We're having a kid-friendly picnic @Tower Grove Pride at the Tunica Picnic site from 10:00 am - 12 noon

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

Need an LGBTQIA friendly House of Worship? The Episcopal Church Welcomes you!!! #StJohnsTowerGrove, #TowerGrovePride

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

Boycotting this year & every year forward as long as MONSATAN is sponsoring!

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

Happy Pride! I don't think it's the place for children because too many people are doing adult things there, so get the kids a sitter and come have a great time! I wish it was more family friendly.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Tower Grove Pride was started to so we can have our own events without major corporations. It's all local indie arts and crafts vendors and small businesses, 35 this year. You should come check us out on South Grand and Hartford this Saturday!

Allison Henson
Allison Henson

I think it is a good thing to see who is supporting the LGBT community. Really want to go this year.

Dana Geister
Dana Geister

I have much love and respect for the LGBT community, but Pride has become one big corporate sponsorship. No thanks. I'll pass.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Indoctrinating them while still young and impressionable are you ?  Are you going to shield their eyes from the "adult things" that openly go on there too as poster "Kelly Hawkins" truthfully stated ?  Been there in support role and after seeing that crap going on will never go back ! Disgusting !  

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Thank you for your honest warning about the overt and open "adult things" that go on there.  Definitely not a "kid-friendly" place or time ! 

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