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Indy Pride Community Picnic & Bat n’ Rouge


In 1982, the first recorded, formal gathering of LGBTQ+ people occurred at the now closed Essex Hotel on Monument Circle. Many attendees wore masks as they entered the dinner due to fears of being outed in the community. The following year, the first Pride Picnic occurred and had over 500 participants. From there, Pride gatherings grew in both size and frequency in Central Indiana, leading us to Indy Pride 2024.

We honor these heroic pioneers who paved the way of acceptance by formally gathering to build a strong and vibrant LGBTQ+ community in Central Indiana. Annually, Pride week celebrates our community in a picnic and softball game to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

The 42nd anniversary of Pride Picnics will occur in 2024. Like many years before, the community will gather, eat, connect, and celebrate Pride. The Community Picnic will take place at Riverside Park on June 2nd, followed by the Bat N’ Rouge softball game, hosted by Indy’s Bag Ladies, the oldest HIV/AIDS fundraising group in Indiana.

Schedule of Events

🍔 12:00 pm: Picnic begins

Food will be catered by Jug’s Catering. There will be vegan and vegetarian options also available!

⭐️ 2:00 pm: Bat N’ Rouge softball game begins

This event is absolutely free to attend and attendees of all ages are welcome!

🎟 Use the “Tickets” button to get the details on your calendar and to let us know how much food to prepare. You can also support Indy Pride here with an optional donation.

Indy Pride is teaming up with QUIT NOW INDIANA to encourage healthy lifestyles for all members of our community with all Pride events being tobacco-free. For support and resources to quit tobacco, visit them at quitnowindiana.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.