This year organizers are hoping the seventh annual Space Coast PrideFest really takes off. Seven years ago the event launched with 100 supporters at a picnic; this year they’re hoping for more than 2,000.
“The Space Coast Pride Festival is our primary yearly fundraiser with the majority of the profits going into a building fund that would provide a safe space community center for the LGBT community in Brevard County,” said President Lexi Wright of Space Coast Pride.
This year’s event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. May 25 at Wickham Pavilion in Melbourne and will feature vendors, live musical entertainment, and a kids-zone with rock climbing and bounce houses. Admission is $5 with free parking available.
This year’s highlights include performances by the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard; the Orlando Gay Chorus; Miss Space Coast Pride 2014, Susan Whitney; Kelli Randell; Coco Biatche; The Henegar Center for the Arts; Adelpha, Josie Milan; Dominique Taylor; Azhia Li Kincade; DJ Woofy; Leigh Shannon, Nicole Saphire; Erikka Caine; Organized Kaos; Lacey On Stage; Diva Divine; and Gabkat Fitness.
Space Coast Pride was founded in November of 2005 to provide services to the LGBT community in Brevard County. In 2007 SCP held it's first PrideFest which started out as a small picnic with about 100 supporters. Only one year later the event grew to nearly 1,000. Organizers expect more than double that this year.
And big changes are in the works for next year.
“The event continues to grow each year, in vendors, sponsors and attendees, the venue will change next year and we will have a parade in 2015,” Wright said.
Some of the local charities that will benefit from this year’s event include Family Counseling Center; Melbourne PFLAG; Brevard National Organization for Women; Project Response; Crosswinds Youth Service; Daily Bread; Taylor for Teens; six GSAs (gay-straight alliances); the Family of God Community Church; Metropolitan Community Church; and the Space Coast Progressive Alliance.
This year’s event will be held out at 3701 N. Wickham Rd, in Melbourne.