COLUMBIA — Columbia will show its colors Sunday at the ninth annual Mid-Missouri Pride Fest.
The Pride Fest is a daylong family-friendly celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Attendees can look forward to festival staples such as face-painting, the Gayest Dog contest and the Downtown Upstage drag show.
One of this year's new attractions will be a bounce house sponsored by The Center Project, a community space in downtown Columbia for members of the LGBT, queer, questioning and allied community. Festival-goers can also look forward to various musical and comedy performances, and a staged reading of "8," a play inspired by the events surrounding California's Proposition 8 trials.
An interfaith worship service led by representatives from more than six different faiths will be held at 12:45 p.m. All are welcome.
More than 40 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations have rented exhibit booths at this year's festival. Activities will take place along Cherry Street and in the Deja Vu parking lot.
A full list of exhibits, entertainment and events can be found at the festival's website.
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