Downtown Ames welcomes the second annual Ames Pridefest on September 29, 2018, 11 a.m. - 7p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend this free family-friendly community event which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ people with a goal of building relationships within the community and creating bridges with other groups in the Ames area. Hundreds of people attended the inaugural event in 2017, which was born out of a need to take action.
“At the end of 2016 there were many of us experiencing a fair amount of anxiety and fear,” said Mara Spooner, event organizer. “We wanted to do something productive. The lack of a cohesive queer community was also a huge contributor to our decision to move forward.”
This year’s event, located in the 400 and 500 blocks of Douglas Avenue, near the Ames Public Library, will feature live music, children’s activities, performances, and support panels.
“There will be a ‘coming-out' panel during the day as well as a space where folks can share their own coming out story if they choose,” Spooner said. “Our goal is to make Ames Pridefest 2018 the most inclusive and accessible event possible.”
Live performances include Mick Douch and Sigourney Beaver. The Chicago based duo are formerly from Des Moines and performed at the first All Ages Drag Show at the Ames Public Library. Mick is the former Mister Iowa USofA MI (Male Illusionist), 2016 and Sigourney was Miss Iowa USofA Diva 2016 and Miss Kentucky USofA Diva 2017. Spooner says the two are a powerhouse performance couple who are passionate about education and youth advocacy.
Other live performances include:
Children’s activities will be held both inside and outside the Ames Public Library and include:
- Pride Flag
- Storybook Necklace
- Decorate Mat
- Pride wands
- Pride signs
- Mosaic Rainbows
- Paper Plate Masks
- Rainbow musical shakers
- Photo booth
- Petite Pride Parade at 2:30pm
- Red and green flags in relationships
- Two consent workshops - one for young children, the other for older kids/teens
- AHS (Spectrum) and AMS (Prism) Gay Student Alliances will hold a work shop which is TBD.
Image credit: Ames Pride