2015 Festival

June 5, 6, 7  2015 | Berkley Riverfront Park
Theme: Love is the Cure
Attendance: 25,000
Vendors/Booths: 85
Food Vendors: 7
Gross Revenue / Expenses: $177,000 / $175,000
View Photos from 2015

Festival Map

Friday, June 5th

Festival Hours: 6 p.m. – Midnight
All Day – $5
FREE entry to Missie B’s and Sidekicks with your festival wristband

6:00 – Midnight
Dirty Dorothy – Emcee

6:00 ­- 7:00 p.m.
DJ Chef Nguyen

7:00 -­ 8:30 p.m.
DJ Daniel Weaver & DJ Aaron Fries

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
DJ Remix Wes Warner & DJ Chad Slater

9:30 – ­10:00 p.m.
Cyon Flare

10:00­ – 11:30 p.m.
DJ Barry Harris with Men of Skin

Saturday, June 6th

Festival Hours: Noon – 11 p.m.
All Day – $5
FREE entry to Missie B’s and Sidekicks with your festival wristband

Noon – ­3:00 p.m.
KCDC Board – Emcee

3:00 – ­6:00 p.m.
Widow Von’Du – Emcee

7:00 – ­11:00 p.m.
Cyon Flare – Emcee

Noon – 12:45 p.m.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – ­2:20 p.m.
Cirque du Gay

2:20 – 2:50 p.m.
Devin Tait

3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
Heartland Men’s Chorus

3:30 – 4:25 p.m.
DJ Daniel Weaver

4:30 ­- 5:00 p.m.
Chelsea Hastings

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Dignitaries, National Anthem

5:30 – 5:50 p.m.
Widow Von’Du/KC Sunshine

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Josh Zuckerman

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Material Girl

8:40 – 9:10 p.m.
Missie B’s Production Number

9:15 – ­9:45 p.m.
MK Nobilette

10:00­ – 10:30 p.m.
The First Ladies of Disco

Sunday, June 7th

Festival Hours: Noon – 6 p.m.
All Day – FREE

Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Melinda Ryder – Emcee

Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Flo – Emcee

1:00 – ­1:45 p.m.
The Clementines

2:00 -­ 2:20 p.m.
Royalty Court

2:20 -­ 2:35 p.m.
Roz Smith

2:40 -­ 2:50 p.m.
Nikita Wood-Rowe

2:50 -­ 3:00 p.m.
Lili White

3:00 – 3:10 p.m.
Melinda Ryder

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Black Gay Pride

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.
Latino Gay Pride

3:50­ – 4:05 p.m.

4:10­ – 4:55 p.m.
DJ Aaron Fries

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

5:30 – 5:45 p.m.

5:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Volunteer Thank You

Ongoing Weekend Activities

Children’s Area With Inflatables – Saturday and Sunday – East Side
KC Gay Volley Ball – Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm – East Side
Animal Adoption – East Side
Market Place – West Side
Verizon Pavilion – West Side
Food Fair – Featuring local cuisine – East Side
LGBTQIA Youth Hang Out – East Side
Health Village – West Side
Renaissance Festival Characters

Food Vendors

Blackbelt Bar B Q
Burritos Lagos
Cameron Catering
Sandwich Pimp
Scimeca’s Italian Sausage
SSaaCC Lunch
Tivanov Catering

Market Place Exhibitors

ACLU of Missouri
AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Air National Guard
Ameriprise Financial
Another Chance Cat Rescue
Asbury United Methodist Church
BE WHO YOU ARE / Beauty of Life LLC
Beak n Wings, Inc
Blessed T-Shirts
Blue Missouri
Colonial Church in Prairie Village
Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ
Doghousing, Inc.
Gold Seal
Google Fiber
Great Plains SPCA
Health & Wellmobile
Healthy Riversnership Part
Heart of America Softball League
House Packard LLC
Human Rights Campaign
It Works Global Ind. Distributor
Juice Plus
J-Wo Designs, LLC
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
Kansas City CARE Clinic
Kansas City Renaissance Festival
KC LGBT Photos
Keenan Law Firm, LLC
Keystone|Revolution Church
LGBTQ Youth Hangout
LIKEME Lighthouse
Lions Den Adult Superstore
Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue
Nerium International
New Song Church
OM Film Fest / Opening Minds, Inc.
Origami Owl Custom Jewelry
Passion Parties by Keli
Peace River Ministries
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri
PrideOne Travel and Cruises
Rainbow Coalition for Equality and Diversity
Renica’s Rainbows
Saint Andrew Christian Church
Street Cats Rescue
The Animal Rescue Alliance (T.A.R.A.)
The Change Project
The Marketing Arm
The Rescue Project
Trinity Family Midtown Church of the Nazarene
UMB Bank
US Bank
Verizon Wireless
Visit KC
Voice For Animals, Kansas City
Welk Resorts

2015 Sponsors

Letter to the community from the festival director, Bill Svoboda:

On behalf on the Kansas City Diversity Coalition (KCDC), I would like to thank our community for supporting and celebrating KCPrideFest at Berkley Riverfront Park.  It was a fabulous weekend of entertainment, food, exhibitors, and just hanging out in the park. The one thing we have heard consistently is that “The Kansas City Pride Festival is back!”   We could not agree more.

This year the KCDC worked harder by listening to you.  We received great ideas, recommendations and suggestions and implemented each of them as best we could.  We also asked you to come up with our slogan and you voted for “Love is the Cure” which was perfect.  We took the opportunity to rebrand the festival and have received overwhelmingly positive comments regarding the addition of the rainbow heart and our KCPrideFest logo.   We developed a website and Facebook page that have become the envy of most pride festivals across the country. In fact, it was so well received that Andrew Collins with GayTravel.com wrote an article about Kansas City and the festival – and the Advocate Magazine selected KCPrideFest as the Festival to feature in its on line publication which reaches over 1 million readers.

Our goal was to keep our community informed on our plans and we constantly posted updates on Facebook.  Our entertainment schedule was posted six weeks out so that you could plan your weekend accordingly and not miss any of the exciting things happening during the weekend.

We increased sponsorships by 400 percent which are listed on our website at www.kcpridefest.org and established a special partnership with the City of Kansas City.  They wanted everyone to know what an important role the LGBTQIA community plays in the fabric of Kansas City and how important it is to celebrate our diversity and contributions to this amazing community.  The Christopher Bond Bridge was lit up in Rainbow Colors – a major commitment made by the city to publicly show its support of our gathering.   We encourage everyone to go to the Kansas City Pride Facebook page and post the picture of the bridge on your wall as way to show our solidarity!   While you are at it, please take a few minutes to scroll through the hundreds of posted pictures that were taken that weekend.

Here are some facts you should know.  We had around 25,000 people attend KCPrideFest over three days; 85 businesses and community organizations had booths; 7 food vendors were serving up delicious festival fare, plus we brought in inflatables for the kids as well as animal adoptions.  Our gross revenue was around $177,000 and our expenses to date are just above $175,000 – it looks like we will be in the black!

With that said, we are busy working on KCPrideFest 2016 which will take place on June 3, 4 and 5, so if you are not a Facebook friends, now is the time to do so as this will be one of the best ways to be kept updated on all the exciting things planned.

Last but not least, I want to give special thanks to the Kansas City Diversity Coalition who worked to deliver an incredible festival for our community.  This group of volunteers worked tirelessly all year long and because of their vision, support and direction gave Kansas City a festival that we all can be proud of. Special kudos as well goes to all of our event volunteers who truly made this event a resounding success – we cannot possibly thank them enough!

Sincerely Yours,
Bill Svoboda
Festival Director

Educational Symposiums at UMKC
Presented by the Kansas City Diversity Coalition

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Haag Hall
5120 Rockhill Road

The Rockhill Parking Garage is located across the Street.
UMKC Campus Map

6-6:30 pm

Volunteer Meeting
Haag Hall, Room 301

6:30-6:45 pm

Haag Hall, Room 301

7-7:45 pm

Self-Defense – Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Haag Hall, Room 312

LGBT Legal Issues  – Attorneys of Edelman, Liesen & Myers, LLP
Haag Hall, Room 313

These attorneys will discuss a variety of legal topics which are currently significant to the LGBT community.  Both the current state of the law and ideas regarding future progress will be discussed.  Topics will include: estate planning and family law, including name and gender change and  estate planning.

8-8:45 pm

Drag 101 – Presented by Molton Decadence (Ryan Webster)
Haag Hall, Room 312

All the tips that are need in transforming yourself into a drag queen from start to finish.

Crash Course on Employment DiscriminationPresented by the Attorneys at Keenan Law Firm, LLC
Haag Hall, Room 313

The LGBTQIA community is gaining legal rights in areas like marriage and the military. But the murky world of workplace rights seems behind the times.  LGBTQIA people are told by lawyers that they have no case or no rights under discrimination laws.  That’s simply not true.  We ARE protected in the workplace under federal and state discrimination laws–and lawyers Sonal Bhatia and E.E. Keenan will teach how you how to make the law work for you and people you care about. Bhatia and Keenan are passionate about getting the word to employers and employees that it is NOT legal to discriminate against any person because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  They have also successfully fought back against false allegations of sexual misconduct by bigots uncomfortable with gay and lesbian coworkers. With over half a million dollars recovered for their LGBTQIA clients in less than 3 years, E.E. and Sonal have a proven track record of success in fighting horrible, homophobic bosses.  Lawyers will appear in drag.

9-9:45 pm

PrEP 101Presented by Sam Zakkour, KC Clare Clinic
Haag Hall, Room 312

“Did you know that men younger than 25 years old account for 26% of all new HIV infections in the US? Is there something we can do about it? Join Sam Zakkour, PharmD, for a discussion on the latest breakthrough in HIV prevention–“PrEP”–and what you need to know about this one pill, once a day option to help reduce your risk of HIV infection. “

Cliteracy: The “Hidden” Cultural History of Female SexualityPresented by Ailea Stites of Planned Parent Hood
Haag Hall, Room 313

Throughout Western history, the clitoris has always been a bit of a mystery body part to those that don’t have one—and even to some who do! In this seminar, we’ll discuss the whys and wherefores of how the clitoris came to be so misunderstood in the Western canon, from television to medical textbooks to psychological treatises. Next, we’ll look at some of the root causes of that misunderstanding and their implications. Finally, we’ll discuss how female sexual desire is seen in the Western world today and do some clitoral myth-busting of our own.

The 2015 Interfaith Service will take place at the Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell St. on Wednesday, June 3rd.

The service is being presented by the Kansas City Coalition For Welcoming Ministries. This Interfaith Service is a non-denominational gathering open to everyone! It’s a welcoming celebration for the entire LGBTQIA Community as we kick off Pride week. Everyone is encouraged to attend, no matter what your personal beliefs are. This will be a time to share what each of us as individuals can contribute and to honor the power we have as a community in making positive change.   The service will start at 7 pm and will feature the Heartland Men’s Chorus.

For additional information, call Sunyananda Dharma at 816-866-5436 or email him at errantabbot@gmail.com.

Kansas City Gay Pride Royalty Court

Date: Friday, May 15th 2015

Location: Sidekicks | 3707 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111 | 816.931.1430

7:00pm: Contestant Check-In with KCDC Board
8:00pm: Drag Show Starts
9:00pm: Royalty Court Starts