Orange City, Iowa — The “Pride Orange City” event, also known as “OC Pride” is back for a third year in Orange City.
The theme of the LGBTQ+ event this year is “You Can’t Burn Pride,” which is a nod to the book-burning controversy surrounding last year’s event. Organizers of the event say there are plenty of activities planned.
They start Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a story event called “Nevertheless We Persisted” at the Prairie Winds Event Center, where people can share their stories. After that, there will be an after-party at Town Square Coffee House at 9:00 p.m.
On Saturday, events start with Morning Yoga from Awaken at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. At noon, and until 3:00 p.m., there will be an Information & Resource Fair at City Hall. From 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., the Señor Machete food truck will be available. The Family Drag Show will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the Headliner Drag Show to follow at 7:30. An event called “Dance & Move Your Body” will start at 9. The festivities will wrap up with a Sunday Brunch from 11 to 2 at Four Brothers in Le Mars.
Those who organize the festival say that they’re not trying to change anyone. They started the festival in Orange City because three of the founders of the event went to Northwestern College in Orange City and they and the other organizers call Orange City home.