Pride Fest


5th Annual CU Pride Festival


The UP Center presents it’s Fifth Annual CU Pride Festival on Saturday September 6th.  The Pride Festival will include a Parade this year and will be in Downtown Champaign.  


This year's theme is Live. Love. Be.


Festivities begin at 12 noon with workshops and a Trans* Clothing Swap sponsored by the Hyatt Place Champaign.  Family Fun Area sponsored by Fluid Events from 3pm to 5pm. There will be games and the Scovill Mobile Zoo and more.  Vendor Expo will be 3pm to 9pm.  The Parade will be at 5pm.  9pm will bring the night-time fun from the Downtown Champaign Bars!  C-U Public Health Department will have their mobile testing unit available after the parade!


Make sure to check out our Sponsors and give them your support!

Trans* Clothes Swap Information

12 noon to 3pm Saturday September 6th at the Hyatt Place Champaign.  Come in and find clothing that match your gender expression.  All items are free, monetary donations will be accepted.


The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County is proud to be running a clothing drive to help transgender individuals at this year’s Pride Festival! The transition process is a time consuming and costly process for many transgender individuals. Our goal is to gather clothing to help ease the burden for transgender people who may be early in transition and need some of the basics, or those who lack sufficient means to purchase all of the clothing they may need.


Please consider donating your gently worn or new clothing items to help this often underserved and overlooked minority group.


We are currently accepting clothing drop-off at the Uniting Pride Center’s new location in downtown Champaign: 44 E Main St, Suite 516 in Downtown Champaign. You can also contact us and we can pick up donations.

Workshop Information

12 noon to 3pm Saturday September 6th at the Hyatt Place Champaign.  


The UP Center and the Hyatt Place are proud to offer Educational Workshops to members of the community.  We will hold 6 workshops, 2 each hour.


12pm Noon


-Family Law: Know Your Legal Rights with Deb Feinen

-Learn How To Bellydance with Kari Little-McKinney

-Biblical Self Defense Workshop with Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser from Community      United Church of Christ




-What Is Sexual Violence? What You Need to Know with R.A.C.E.S.

-Tolerating Differences with Elizabeth Holman




-Sex Ed: Pleasure and Desire with Jamie Hines and Planned Parenthood

-HIV Prevention: Let's Talk PrEP with Jeff Kemp-Rinderle




 Marci Dodds & Jon "Cody" Sokolski

and One Main Development 

After Hours Information

After 9pm, hit the downtown Champaign bars for more fun!  

We will list bars and what they are doing.

Jeremy Youse MD

Department of Dermatology

Christie Clinic 

Mohs surgery. Skin cancer. Veins.


Boltini Lounge - Drag performances at

                                      7pm, 9pm, and 11:30pm


C Street - Dancing and Music

                       Carnivale Debauche 10p-11p


Memphis On Main - Upshot 9pm



Volunteer Information

When you check in for your shift at Pride, you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, exclusivly for volunteers only!

Click the picture to the right to sign UP.  

You can email Jonathan at for more information.

Hotel Information

Parade Information

This year’s festival will include a parade and will take place on Saturday, September 6th from 5:00 PM to approximately 6:00 PM.  


Take a look at who will be marching in support!


Bud Light

The Zone Nightclub

Mayor Gerard

Transgender Support Group of C-U


Mona Monclair


Twin City Derby Girls


Christopher and Co.

Gordy Hulten - Campaign

Gordy Hulten - Office

The Celebration Company @ Station Theatre

Carol Ammons for State Representative

Unitarian Universalist Church of U-C

Friends of Joe Petry

Planned Parenthood IL

Marketplace Macy's

Kristin Williamson for State Representative


Deb Frank Feinen for Champaign Mayor


Community United Church of Christ

Karen Foster for Mayor

Brother 2 Brother

C-U Public Health District

Busey Bank


Becky and Rick

Von Holten


Mix 94.5


Hits 99.7


92.5 The Chief


Jennifer Knapp


Friends of Joe Petry

Parade Route

Vendor Information

The Vendor Expo will be Downtown Champaign in the parking lot at Neil and Washington (in front of Orpheum Children's Museum ) from 3pm to 9pm.

Come out and support all the wonderful vendors!


Planned Parenthood

Equality Illinois

Urbana Acupuncture

Scentsy Fragrance

Backpacks of Love

Graduate Employee's Organization

Community United Church of Christ

NRS Designs

Junior League of C-U

Lindys Cookie Studio

Urbana Middle School GSA

Urbana High School GSA

Urbana School District 116

Danville VA Dept. of Diverstiy

Unitarian Universalist Church of U-C

C-U Public Health District

Brother 2 Brother

Uniplace Christian Church

Living Letter Press

Makerspace Urbana

Joyful Bubbles

Visit Champaign County

Urbana Free Library

Lions Den

Russ Rybicki AIF

Greater Community AIDS Project

Madame Butterflye's Body Shop

WEFT 90.1

Community Elements

Champaign County Democrats

Twin City Derby Girls

Crisis Nursery