LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Every year, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride for the entire month of June. Last year, Lafayette City Council members signed a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month in the city, making it the first year the city officially recognized the celebration.

However, the proclamation wasn’t signed until June 15, giving members of the LGBTQ+ community only two weeks to celebrate an official recognition of Pride in Lafayette. This year, the month is full of plans for celebrations, events, donation nights, and even the city’s first Pride Parade.

June 1

Chipotle located at 4231 Ambassador Caffery Parkway will host a giveback night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 33% of event sales will be donated to Acadiana Queer Collective. You can participate in person or online. Order online with code MVMJZRN or mention Acadiana Queer Collective in the restaurant.

June 4

PFlag will host “Paint for PRIDE” to paint the LGBTQ+ flag on the “Y Lafayette Sign” located in Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette beginning at 8:30 a.m. Materials and paint were sponsored/supplied by the Broussard Walmart.

June 11

An All Ages Pride Celebration will happen in Downtown Lafayette in the 200-300 block of Jefferson St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A walking parade will kick off the day, starting at 9 a.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m. or online beforehand.

Also planned for the day is a health and wellness expo, a film showcase at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and live music by local artists, DJs, and headliners Rareluth and Malentina’s Fabulous Extravaganza.

Information about the event, as well as fundraising and sponsorship information, can be found at acadianaqueercollective.org. Volunteers will be needed to help run the event; those interested can complete a google form at acadianaqueercollective.org. If unable to volunteer time, monetary contributions are acceptable.

June 16

Tula Tacos will host a giveback night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is a dine-in only event, and 10% of sales go to Acadiana Queer Collective. Tula is located at 427 Jefferson St.

For LGBTQ+ resources and information in and around Lafayette, visit Acadiana Queer Collective or PFlag Lafayette.

June 17-18

Mamou’s first Pride Fest, hosted by Hotel Cazan.

The event will kick off with a media-only mixer from 3:30-5:30 at Cazan’s inside the hotel where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and interview festival participants, including:

  • Players and coaches from Bayou Storm Surge, the women’s football league team based in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Frank Perez, Executive Director of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana
  • Misti Gaither, host of Lez Talk About It and The Thin Veil Project as well as Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XLI, Gay Easter Parade Grand Marshal XVI, former New Orleans Pride Grand Marshal, and Grand Reveler VII of New Orleans
  • Singer/Songwriter Zach Cox
  • Artist Revina Amos – a showing of her “Abstract Hands” exhibit will be viewable in the Hotel Cazan lobby on June 17. All proceeds from art sales will go towards Poverty on Trial, the case of Vernell Chatman.

From there, festival attendees will process the short distance from Hotel Cazan to the world’s-famous Fred’s Lounge, where Misti Gauthier will emcee the events of the evening, including a performance by singer/songwriter Zach Cox. This rare Friday night opening is for PRIDE attendees only – wear your rainbow gear!

On Saturday, there will be a variety of presentations, vendors, and events including:

  • Alesia Ballek Wahl, Med., LPC and Janine Bulmer Wahl, Psy.M will present PRIDE = SAVED LIVES, a one-hour presentation on the social, psychological, and emotional struggles associated with being gay and the importance of PRIDE.
  • Nerthus Mead owner Michael Lyons will make a presentation as well as offer product tastings. A new flavor, mango kiwi will make it’s debut at this event.
  • Down the Fox-Hole will offer Pride Merch featuring their cast of mascots, and homemade cupcakes – a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project.
  • The Big Easy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • TeD’s Bar
  • Fleur et Fig
  • Face Painting by Avrie Martello
  • Artist Alice Fontenot
  • Cajun Moon Apothecary
  • Coulée Tavern – open 7pm – 1am, with a drag show beginning at 10:30pm. There will be a small cover charge
  • And more!

June 24

Cité des Arts celebrates Pride Month with its production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The production will open its run with a Special Gala Opening Night on Friday, June 24, beginning at 6 p.m., with complimentary food and beverages before the show! Curtain will be at 7:30. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala are $30.

The play then runs on June 25 and July 1st & 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and June 26 & July 3 at 2:00 p.m., at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine Street in downtown Lafayette.  Tickets for these shows are $20.  Tickets for all shows are available at www.citedesarts.org.