The Utah Pride Festival is the annual gathering of Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is now celebrating its 41st year. It boasts Utah’s second-largest parade (second only to the Days of ’47 parade), and is likely its most enthusiastic expression of love.
At its core, Pride is a celebration of equality. But it’s also so much more. It’s about family—the ones we’re born into and the ones we choose. It’s about our neighborhoods, work places, and churches that have opened our hearts to embrace each other. It’s about accepting people for who they are and supporting their journey. And it’s about celebrating our progress toward a more inclusive society. We have a lot to be proud of.
For three days, the streets of downtown Salt Lake City explode with music, dancing, joy, and yes, color! I am proudly in my 6th year of photographing the festival for The Utah Pride Center. See the festival as I do here.
For more information about the parade and the vent, visit the Utah Pride Festival website.
Alex Gallivan was born in Dayton, Ohio, and living in many places in the United States has influenced how he sees the world and its people. Gallivan has been interested in photography since he received a 126 film camera as a child, when he would take pictures as fast as his parents would buy me more film. He is a freelance photographer specializing in commercial, events, and weddings. You can see more of his work at www.GallivanPhotography.com.