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Utah Pride Festival postponed until fall

Early June festival pushed back to Sept. 26-27 due to COVID-19 pandemic

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A newly painted pride crosswalk at Salt Lake Community College is unveiled at the Taylorsville campus on Monday, June 13, 2016.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2020 Utah Pride Festival scheduled for early June has been postponed until Sept. 26-27 due to mass-gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement issued by the Utah Pride Center on Tuesday said the decision was based in consultation with local public health officials and Gov. Gary Herbert’s Utah Leads Together Plan.

“With all the uncertainty and stress we’re all feeling due to this pandemic, let’s have pride last all summer long culminating with the biggest turnout we’ve ever seen at the Pride Festival in September. I think we could all use more love and pride this year,” said Rob Moolman, executive director of the Utah Pride Center.

The march and rally, OUTdoors and Proud 5K and festival opening ceremonies are scheduled for Sept. 26 while the Pride Parade and final day of the festival are planned for Sept. 27.

“We will continue to monitor and follow any public health directives and update accordingly,” the press release states.

For information about vendor booths or parade entries, visit the Utah Pride Center’s COVID-19 update page.