CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The first ever pride festival was held in Cape Girardeau on Saturday.
The event was a family-friendly environment with entertainment, food and a variety of vendors and activities for all ages.
Heartland News talked with several people that said it was nice to see so many people come out and support this cause.
"It means so much to me that there are so many people that support us being out in the open and support our decision to be happy no matter who we are with," Bridgette Patterson said.
People also told us this event should help open up more doors and avenues for the LGBTQ+ community.
"I think this opens up a lot of doors," Susan Morris said. "I think there are a lot of people who hide who they are and who they want to be and they just don't have the courage to come out and show it. I think all of us getting together, it just helps them bring the courage to show who they really want to be."
The event began at around on the west side of Capaha Park between the bandshell and rose garden.
Many vendors were present including Mississippi Mutts, Cape Girardeau County Democrat, Glass Gardens by Stacey, mac’s mission, Catapult, Cape Girardeau Roller Derby, John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, ASFP, AAA and more. This also includes other community organizations including support organizations for LGBTQ+ persons, religious groups and other supportive organizations.
Many people found themselves surrounding the stage where there were featured local performers; musicians, yoga instruction and dancers.
The festival is to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community of southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.
For more information, go to the Cape Pride’s website here.
The event was hosted by Cape PRIDE Inc.