Boise Pride reschedules 31st anniversary festival to September amid COVID-19 precautions

Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 21:00:54-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Pridefest is being postponed to September amid concerns of COVID-19 in Idaho.

In an announcement Sunday morning, organizers said the gathering will be held September 11-13. Boise Pridefest was originally scheduled for June 19-20.

With the extended timeline in place, organizers and partners said in a press release they are "confident that this public health concern will be resolved, allowing organizers to prepare a safe and welcoming festival this fall."

Boise Pride previously expressed optimism in the response to COVID-19 as far out as late June. However, Boise Pride has made an amended decision to postpone the festival until September in an abundance of caution in accordance with the input of government and health officials.

Associated Pride events that fall outside of Pride Month in June will be evaluated with guidance from local and federal public health resources, which include the Central District Health and the City of Boise.

Boise Pridefest is one of the largest public gatherings in Idaho. It grew from 50,000 in 2018 to 70,000 in 2019. The festival is Idaho's largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ and Allied communities.

Boise Pridefest is a nonprofit based in Boise that strives to promote unity, celebrate the diversity of sexual orientations and promote gender identities.

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