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Bloomington Pridefest to be livestreamed due to COVID-19



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A man walks along Kirkwood Avenue Aug. 31, 2019, at Bloomington Pridefest. Crosswalks along Kirkwood were painted in rainbow colors for the festival, which will be virtual in 2020. IDS file photo and Colin Kulpa

Bloomington Pridefest announced it will move online for this year's event Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to Bloomington Pride, a local non-profit.

The seventh-annual event is organized by Bloomington Pride and will feature workshops, live music performances, dance parties, wellness activities and more. 

“The 2019 festival saw more than 20,000 visitors across the day, and we could not, in good conscience, host an event of that size and scope in the midst of a global pandemic,” reads a statement from Bloomington Pride about the event.

Bloomington Pride was established in May 2013 to run the PRIDE Film Festival, but it quickly grew into its current role. The nonprofit organization is fully run by volunteers and provides a variety of services and programs for the local community.

“To serve LGBTQ+ people of Bloomington and South Central Indiana through advocacy, safe and inclusive spaces, arts and culture events, and educational programming,” reads Bloomington Pride's mission statement on their website.

The three main programs run by Bloomington Pride are Prism Youth Community, LGBT Aging & Caring Network and Trans & Allies Support Community. The two main events run by the nonprofit are the Film Festival and Pridefest.

Pridefest was called the Best College Town Pride by Thrillist in 2019, and more details on this year’s event can be found on Pridefest's Facebook page.

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