About Us

WHAT IS Springfield PrideFest?

In the Fall of 2010 staff at the Phoenix Center asked a question.  Why don’t we (Springfield) have a Pride Festival? A group of interested people got together and decided to make it happen. In May, 2011 Springfield PrideFest became a reality. This street fair is held the 3rd Saturday of May. It is the product of many hours of hard work and meetings and it is the best festival in Central Illinois! It is a day of embracing diversity and celebrating the Central IL LGBTQ community. It is an event with something for everyone – a kids area, a large stage with live entertainment, lots of great vendors selling goods and giving out  information, great food & drinks, tons of fun, and time spent with family & friends.

Springfield PrideFest is organized by the Phoenix Center.

For more information on the Phoenix Center ~ click here

2017 PrideFest Committee

Springfield PrideFest  Co-ChairsJonna J Cooley & Roy Pyers

Logistics & Vendors – Jonna J Cooley

Entertainment Committee Chairs – Betsy Willmore

Kid’s Area Chairs –Patti Silva, Theresa Garrett-Brown, Ashley Miller & Jacob Thornton

Teen’s Area Chairs – Heather Howard & Casey Karaff

Volunteer Committee Chair – Cindy Martsch

Social Media Committee Chair – Nick Bond

Security Chair –  Kati Ayers 

Public Relations & Hospitality Chair – Sam Jackson

Club La Cage Show / Drag Show – Chair – Duane Williams

Printed Media Chair – Kyle Sullivan