Indy Pride Parade, Festival, and Events | A Family Guide for 2024

Indy Pride Parade, Festival, and Events | A Family Guide for 2024

We finally took our kids to the Indy Pride Parade and Festival and we all had a blast! I’ve wanted to attend for a while now and I’ve wanted to bring the kids along to show support and love, and we finally did it! There are tons of events and activities all day long (and all month long) celebrating Central Indiana’s LGBTQ+ community and almost all of them are family-friendly. The kids will love the lively, inclusive atmosphere as well as the decked out parade floats, dressed up visitors, and rainbows galore!

2024 Indy Pride Parade

On Saturday, June 8, 2024, head downtown at 10:00 a.m. for a two-hour parade with over 140 floats and groups. The 2024 Indy Pride Parade starts at 748 Massachusetts Ave., travels southwest along Mass Ave., turns north on Delaware Ave., and finishes on Michigan Street.

a young woman has her arms stretched out dancing/posing at the Indy pride parade. she has on a black tank top, a red flower lei, ripped jean shorts, and flowers with stems in her pocket.

The Indy Pride Parade is free to attend. Kids and adults will love the colorful floats and the lively music and entertainment. Be sure to wear sunglasses, sunblock, and other sun protection. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on if you like, but most people are standing and dancing. Don’t forget your water bottles and snacks!

2024 Indy Pride Festival

Every year, all of the best Indianapolis area companies and organizations come together for a day of events and activities that celebrate love, diversity, and unity. The 2024 Indy Pride Festival will take place on June 8th from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indy Pride Festival will be a vibrant and unforgettable experience filled with music, entertainment, and a rainbow of festivities. The Community Zone is specifically designed for families with entertainment and vendors geared towards children and families.

four children in pride gear stand in front of the Indiana fever mascot in downtown Indianapolis at the Indy pride festival

Indy Pride Festival Tickets & Parking

Tickets to the Indy Pride Festival are now on sale for $10 each in advance or $12 at the gate on June 8. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free. Indy Pride is partnering with Gate Ten Events and Parking to offer convenient parking for festival attendees. Purchase a parking pass to park at Gate Ten near Lucas Oil Stadium and you will be shuttled to and from the parade and festival!

What to Bring to the Indy Pride Festival

To provide a safer environment for the public, Indy Pride has implemented a Clear Bag Policy that limits small wallets and clutches to 4.5″ x 6.5″ or clear bags to  12″ x 6″ x 12″. Strollers, wagons, and chairs are permitted. One unopened non-alcoholic beverage is allowed per person as well as refillable water bottles which can be used at hydration stations throughout the event. No outside food is allowed to be brought in.

two children pose with three women at Indy pride. the children have white tshirts on and one has a pin that says free hugs. the three women behind them are all wearing yellow and one is giving the girl bunny ears.

Other Family-Friendly Pride Events in Indy


Pet Pride

One of the most adorable events on the Pride calendar is Pet Pride presented by ELANCO! On Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., pet parents, local vendors, and the community will gather at Riverside Park for an afternoon of play and music centered around our loving animals. It is a highlight for many in our community who celebrate their Pride as both LGBTQ+ identified individuals and as pet parents.

Community Picnic & Bat n’ Rouge

Presented by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the Indy Pride Community Picnic will take place on Sunday, June 2nd at 12:00 p.m., followed by the Bat n’ Rouge softball game at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Park. The community is invited to gather, eat, connect, and celebrate Pride at this free event that supports local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Indiana Youth Group Prom

Youths ages 12-19 are invited to the Indiana Youth Group Prom: Hollywood Glam. The event will be held at The Manor at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Registration is required for the event.

two little girls are all decked out at a festival with rainbow head bands and arms full of colorful beads.

Indiana Youth Group Golf OUTing

Indiana Youth Group and Indy Pride are proud to partner for the Second Annual IYG Golf OUTing on May 31. Join the fun at Smock Golf Course for a golf scramble followed by an after party you won’t want to miss featuring giveaways, entertainers, and the Pride Court. All proceeds will go directly to supporting queer youth and young adults through IYG’s programs, services, and resources.

Hoosier 250

The Hoosier 250 is a time-honored tradition with a nod to the Indy 500 with Pride style. Teams of two race around a track on tricycles, just off Mass Ave. The team with the fastest time wins! Attendees are welcome to stay after the race to visit with community members and explore vendor booths. The event, which takes place on May 19 at 12:00 p.m., is free to watch and participate in!

two children are wearing white t shirts with a rainbow heart. inside the heart is says my moms.

AAPI Cirque Du Pride

AAPI Pride of Indiana will be hosting a Pride Celebration on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to the event which will feature cirque performers, tarot readings, a dance party, and more.

Indy Pride Rainbow 5K Run/Walk

2024 marks the 13th anniversary of the Rainbow 5k Run/Walk! While the focus of this event is to promote wellness and raise money for the local LGBTQIA+ Community, for many this is an opportunity to publicly show their pride with their community!

The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, is an event for the entire family with special youth registration fees for kiddos 13 and under! This year’s race course will start at The Fowling Warehouse and move through the Brookside Park area. Stick around after the race for some post-race fun at The Fowling Warehouse.

participants at the Indy pride parade roll down the route on rollerblades holding paper umbrellas of different colors in one hand and hold up a long sheet in between them in the other, much like a dragon at a parade.

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