Thousands of gays and lesbians will be in BODO this weekend for Boise Pride. But this year things will be a little different. From the location to the energy --- organizers hope change at the festival will foster change in attitude. Recent court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans are helping foster a celebratory atmosphere.
Inside a warehouse on the edge of town, Rodney Busbee and a friend are putting the finishing touches on their pride float. Busbee is this year's festival organizer, Taking on the job after the original organizer "Boise Pride Inc" ran out of money and dissolved. "I'm very excited for pride this year because i think it is very needed," Busbee said
And this year's pride comes with some changes. For the first time --- the festival is being moved out of Ann Morrison Park and to BODO. Everything there will remain free. What will you cost you is an added "Pride Pass."
"We are bringing in 33 acts from around the country. We are putting them in the Liquid, the Knitting Factory, the Balcony and the Lucky Dog and you can buy a $20 pass and go to all those locations between 11 and 7."
Pride 2014 is more than just members of the LGBT community getting together, though. With dozens of judge's around the country striking down bans on same-sex marriages, this year's festival has a whole new meaning.
"There is just so much going on that when it is usually just years like this where this is a lot of controversy people show up in huge numbers to show that they support diversity in our community," Busbee said.
The celebration is also more mindful, putting a focus on family and youth. For the first time *ever* the event will have a youth celebration.
"Everything that is at the festival is geared to our next generation that is coming up because we have had so many suicides in our state the last few years and so we want to make sure they know how important they are," Busbee said
A celebration with a message, to make an impact on the Boise community.
"The idea is to show everyone in our community it is okay to be out right in the middle of downtown and be who you are and be loved and be welcome," Busbee said.
Pride starts at 10 a.m. Saturday with a rally at the Statehouse. At 10:30, participants march to BoDo. To learn more, visit this website: boisepridefest.com/