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Pride Events 2024

From exciting parades to warm community gatherings, the following are some of the top celebrations to honor Pride Month in Iowa this June. 

June 8: 2024 Capital City Pride Pet Parade

Des Moines

Join Capital City Pride’s seventh-annual Pride Pet Parade (taking place from 9:30 to 11 a.m.), where your furry friend can show their support for a cause as close to their hearts as it is to yours. This fun event will feature sips from Paws & Pints, photos from Arf & Wag Studio and prizes awarded in six categories, including Most Pet Pride, Pet and Owner Look-a-Like, Best Dressed, Best in Show, Crowd Favorite and Super Model. All registered pets will also receive a Capital City Pride branded bandana.
Cost: $25 per pet. 
Tickets: capitalcitypride.org.

June 8: Capital City Pride 5K Stride 

Strut your Pride with the Pride 5K Stride, hosted by Capital City Pride at Brenton Skating Plaza. This fitness event encourages participants to run, walk or jog in support of the LGBTQIA+ community from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This 5K run is open to everyone and will feature a day filled with love, unity and support. 
Cost: $40 per person or $30 to join virtually.
Tickets: runsignup.com.

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June 9: 2024 Veridian Pride Parade

Des Moines

Show your Pride and march your heart out this Pride Month at the Veridian Pride Parade in Des Moines. This lively event will feature colorful floats and supportive marchers as they travel from East Grand to the heart of Historic East Village. The parade will lead to an assortment of booths and vendors at its end at the PrideFest grounds, so be sure to join in on the fun kicking off at 10 a.m. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases.
Tickets: capitalcitypride.org.

June 15: Iowa City Pride Festival & Parade

Iowa City

Hosted in collaboration with Iowa City Downtown District and Iowa City Pride, the Iowa City Pride Festival & Parade brings together people from all over that state to celebrate diversity and inclusion from noon to 10 p.m. The vibrant celebration of love will feature an assortment of fun for all ages, including food trucks, craft vendors, live performances, a parade and more to be announced. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases (donations accepted). 
Tickets: iowacitypride.org.

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June 22: Pride on the RiverFront

Burlington

A safe space for LGBTQIA+ community members and its allies to gather, Pride on the Riverfront in Downtown Burlington will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burlington Memorial Auditorium. This exciting event will feature fun for everyone in the family, including craft vendors to browse, food and drink trucks to indulge in, interactive games, speeches, performances and more. 
For more information: facebook.com.

June 22: 3rd Annual Ankeny Pride

Ankeny

A free, family-friendly Pride Month event in Iowa, the 3rd Annual Ankeny Pride celebration is back at Ankeny Market & Pavilion from 4 to 9 p.m. The exciting event will feature food, a vendors fair, kids’ activities, magic shows, a pet parade and a Pride of Ankeny King and Queen crowning. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases (donations accepted). 
Tickets: facebook.com.

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Pride Night at Paws & Pints with Capital City Pride

June 23: Pride Night at Paws & Pints with Capital City Pride

Des Moines

Pride Night at Paws & Pints, in collaboration with Capital City Pride, offers a unique way to celebrate Pride Month in Iowa with your furry friends at its onsite dog park and brewery. This unique setting is perfect for those looking to celebrate Pride Month in Iowa, with an assortment of fun available including hot beats from DJ Chase Martin, Pride swag giveaway, drink specials, a photo booth and more to celebrate love from 3 to 6 p.m. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases. 
Tickets: pawsandpintsdsm.com.

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