Pride festival kicks off Friday in downtown Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Pride Festival begins Friday night in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Utah Pride Center expects close to 20,000 people at this year's festival, which is sponsored by the gay and lesbian community. As they were setting up Friday morning, directors said they are optimistic about the event.

Valerie Larabee, executive director of the Utah Pride Center said, "This year's festival is an amazing creation. I think that the reason it's amazing is because we have so much incredible, positive energy in our state."

Pride festival kicks off Friday in downtown Salt Lake

Some of the highlights planned for this year include a Pride rally, a performance by comedian Paula Poundstone, and a parade.

The festival takes place at Washington Square and runs Friday night through Sunday. For schedule details, go to

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