How to Celebrate Pride Month as a Family in Des Moines

How to Celebrate Pride Month as a Family in Des Moines

The month of June brings with it the celebration of Pride, a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQ community. While it is traditionally marked with fun in person events like a parade, like everything else, Pride looks a little different in 2020. But there are still plenty of ways to celebrate with the kids right from your own home.

What Is Pride Month?

June is recognized as Pride Month to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. Pride events celebrate the uprising annually, with many celebrations scheduled around the last weekend in June.

In addition to recognizing the decades-long—and still ongoing—fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ community, Pride is meant to be an affirming celebration of all that the community has accomplished. While images abound of over-the-top, colorful costumes at Pride parades, there are many family friendly ways to celebrate Pride.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Pride Month in Des Moines:

Attend a Virtual Pride Event

Capital City Pride will host a number of virtual events throughout the month.

June 12 – 2020 Virtual Pride Fest: Silent Disco DJ Party

June 20 – 2020 Virtual Pride Fest: DLL Pride Fun Run (5K)

June 27 – 2020 Virtual Pride Fest: Pride Pet Parade

June 28 – 2020 Virtual Pride Fest: Pride Flag Parade

How to Celebrate Pride Month as a Family in Des Moines –

Learn About LGBTQ History

Now a National Monument, you can visit the Stonewall Inn online at the colorful Stonewall Forever virtual monument.

You can stream “Stonewall Forever” the documentary, which is most appropriate for teens and up.

Read up on a dozen leaders in LGBTQ history.

Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Illegal to be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall online exhibition.

Read Kid Friendly LGBTQ Focused Books

Todd Parr’s The Family Book is filled with brightly-hued illustrations and a simple storyline that celebrates families of all types.

Learn the story of Harvey Milk and the symbolism behind the rainbow flag in Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

Introduce your child to same-sex families with Heather Has Two Mommies or Daddy, Papa, and Me

Read the empowering Pink is for Boys in an effort to set aside gender stereotypes.

Throw a Pride Month Party of Your Own

Music Ideas

Food Ideas

  • Rainbow themed cookies, cupcakes or cakes from a local Des Moines bakery.
  • Rita’s Rainbow Treat from Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard in West Des Moines.
  • Rainbow fruit skewers.




Let us know your suggestions for celebrating Pride Month as a family in Des Moines in the Comments below.

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