Pride festival this weekend in downtown Salt Lake City

Published: Friday, June 1 2012 4:53 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2012 Utah Pride Festival has expanded its downtown footprint this weekend with vendors and entertainment options, in addition to the annual Sunday morning parade.

The three-day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community event kicked off Friday with a reception at The Leonardo. Through Sunday, crowds will occupy the 10-acre block of Washington Square, between 400 South and 500 South and State Street and 200 East, and a portion of Library Square, across the street.

Various activities will take place Saturday, including a 5K run, a rally and march, and an interfaith service at 12:30 at St. Mark's Cathedral. Sunday's parade is at 10 a.m. and includes 120 entries and will take place along 200 South, from 400 East to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Tickets to the events can be purchased at SmithsTix locations and at festival entrance gates, for $10 per day. Children under 12 are free.

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