PEORIA, Ill., — All over the country, people have been participating in pride celebrations. LGBTQ members here in Peoria plan to follow suit.

Peoria Proud, a local organization that supports the LGBTQ community is preparing for a Pride festival in the River City. Friends, family, advocates and more are expected to come together to show respect, honor, and love.

This year, the three-day-long festival will begin Aug. 1 and run through Aug. 3. The River City Pride Festival will include a bar crawl, live music , drag shows and several other activities.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to get HIV and Hepatitis C testing, PrEP navigation and Hepatitis A vaccinations.

For more information and for those interested in getting involved, visit