Gay Pride event slated

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Central Illinois Alliance for Diversity & Equality presents the inaugural first gay pride event in downstate Illinois entitled, Peoria Pride Festival on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront, CEFCU Stage from noon – 6 p.m. 

The family-friendly event this year is entitled “A bridge to diversity”. 

Entertainment is scheduled on the main CEFCU stage all day which includes a few acts from Chicago:  Lakeside Pride Freedom Band and Amy Kelly, this year’s Windy City Gay Idol winner. 

Also, Chicago’s Dance & Internet Radio Station - Fusion Radio will broadcast from the event.  Headlining the event is Rachel’s Hippo – an 80’s cover band from the Peoria area.

“We're psyched and couldn't be more honored to be chosen to headline the event. Everybody is invited,” said Erich Smith, band drummer.

One special feature of the Peoria Pride Fest is the Starbucks’ Coffee Experience where local musicians will perform their acoustic-style music. Local singer- actor-musician, Paul Osborne and his father, celloist Ken Osborne, are scheduled to perform at the the Starbucks Coffee Experience.

Several speakers will address attendees throughout the day including Jacksonville Alderman Scott Tinsley-Hall whose partner, Joel Tinsley-Hall is performing. Joel has performed for President Bill Clinton as a member of the U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus. 

Some other scheduled speakers include  Sen. Dave Koehler, Rick Garcia – Equality Illinois, and Jim Bennett – Lambda Legal.

The event will feature children’s activities, food vendors, drink vendors and other business vendors as well as some non-profit organizations and other groups.