BOISE, Idaho — Boise Pride Festival celebrated in a virtual way this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. After canceling the original date in June, Boise Pride held the festival virtually over the weekend.
This year's theme, Power in Progress, featured Facebook live performances by Alex Newell, Mary Lambert and many others. Although the Pride at Home boxes sold out fast, people were able to log in and join the virtual event for free.
“It’s been a really tough couple of months," said Michael Dale of the Boise Pride Board of Directors. "We haven’t seen friends or family so this is a way to kind of bring us together in a safe environment and for everyone to show there is love out there it’s just we are seeing it in a different way this year.”
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the pride festival. Last year, the event saw 70,000 people pack Cecil D. Andrus Park.