FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 14, 2022
Loudoun Pride Festival Fundraising Skyrockets
Community Responds With Excitement To Inaugural Event
Loudoun County, VA — Equality Loudoun, Loudoun County’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization for nearly 20 years, is finally poised to launch the inaugural Loudoun Pride Festival. Scheduled for June 26, the festival will welcome over one thousand attendees to the beautiful and historic Claude Moore Park and Heritage Museum in Sterling, VA. Since launching Loudoun Pride on April 14th, over $30,000 in fundraising was raised from the local community in 4 weeks with additional support arriving almost daily. The overwhelming financial support from community businesses has allowed event organizers to cut ticket prices in half to ensure a more equitable event.
Equality Loudoun initially sent out a soft launch of notices to a small number of community partners and organizations about its efforts to launch the first major Pride festival in Loudoun history. Only a month later, it is now on track to be the largest LGBTQ+ pride festival in Northern Virginia history. The festival will host over 7 hours of musical performances; 90 local businesses, non-profits, vendors, and organizations; regional food, alcohol, and free family activities; and over 450 tickets that have been sold already. Event proceeds will go towards supporting next year’s festival and to the Equality in Education Fund, which provides scholarships to Loudoun students, free community education, and funding to local student and parent-teacher groups.
Equality Loudoun also wishes to thank the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for their strong partnership and continued focus on ensuring a safe and fun event for all. With the aim of producing a family-friendly atmosphere, an emphasis on safety, decorum, and inclusiveness have been put into place which will see the Loudoun Pride Festival utilize the central area of Claude Moore Park and the Heritage Museum exclusively. Strict requirements and security have been put into place to ensure any activity that does not comply with these requirements will not be permitted inside the event area. Additional details, requirements, and sponsorship opportunities are available for review online at LoudounPride.org.
Founded in 2003, Equality Loudoun (EQLOCO) is Loudoun’s largest nonprofit organization fighting to promote, protect, and defend LGBTQ+ equality in Loudoun County.