Every June, Louisville celebrates with the city’s LGBTQ community – this writer is the B and T of that alphabet soup, by the way – during the Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Belvedere. This weekend, however, Pride comes a week early with the first-ever Derby City Black Pride Festival .
From the 6th through the 9th at various locales in Louisville, the new Pride festival has events for all ages, sexes, orientations and identities. Thursday evening, the Derby City Black Pride Festival kicked off with karaoke and drinks at 208 East , located at 208 E. Burnett Ave.
Friday evening at the Hampton Inn on 101 E. Jefferson St., an official welcome reception will be held in the hotel’s lobby from 5:30 to 8 p.m., followed by “Loving the Mic: A Spoken Word Event” at 208 East at 8 p.m.; $3 will cover your entry. There will also be skating at Manslick Rollerdome  from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. -- $10 before 1 a.m., $15 after – with the United We Stand mini ball at the roller rink closing things out for the evening, hosted by Larry Mizrahi with commentary from Kevin “JZ” Prodigy.
Saturday evening, things will get very sexy as Club Euphoria  at 650 S Fourth St. hosts “Sex in the City,” with featured performers Sarah the Body and Guaranteed Memphis taking the stage. Doors open at 10 p.m., a tenner will get you inside until midnight – price goes up to $25 after – and you must be 18 and over to enter the venue.
Sunday closes the Derby City Black Pride Festival with Pride in the Park at Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park from 3 to 8 p.m., featuring a panel discussion on divisions in the black community regarding LGBTQ issues, alongside the usual fare of music, food, games and more.
Photos: Derby City Black Pride .