With an anticipated attendance that will exceed the 2010 attendance of 25,000 people, this year's festival is expected to draw larger crowds downtown than the Days of '47.
Comedian Roseanne Barr appeared onstage Saturday to help open the festival. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, beginning with the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Washington Square.
The festival features booths, food vendors, and entertainment, and makes for what festival goer Kelly Birch calls "a valuable experience for people to come and actually be with people that share their values."
For festival attendee Ron Hunt, the festival provides a "real important opportunity for people to come together."
"It's a really nice event for the entire valley," said Hunt.
Tickets for the festival are only $10 and can be purchased at the gate.
For more information about the festival, and for a complete listing of events, visit the festival's website at http://utahpridefestival.org/.