Polk Pride events have been cancelled for 2020.
Polk Pride 2021 | June 12-19
This year we have faced challenging times in our community. The Polk Pride FL Board of Directors has been monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact. Through discussions with Equality Florida, Florida LGBTQ leadership, and other regional pride organizers, we had remained optimistic about the future of this year’s events. At the same time, we want to ensure that we make the best decisions for our community.
We feel the most protective and proactive thing that we can do is to cancel all Polk Pride 2020 events and begin to plan the events for 2021. Our goal for Polk Pride has always been to have the safest and most enjoyable experience for all our friends, family, sponsors and vendors. We feel this decision is best to meet that goal.
PAYMENTS: If you have paid for your 2020 vendor registration already, we will be processing refunds in the next 7-14 days. The refund will be returned to your original form of payment when you registered/paid online. If you have not made payment, please do not attempt to do so.
REGISTRATIONS: All registrations will be cancelled and we will send out a NEW registration process for the 2021 events in the coming weeks. We plan to offer an early bird registration to all the 2020 vendors that were cancelled this year.
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Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!
SUMMARY OF POLK PRIDE
Every year, all over the world, communities host pride celebrations — festivals that provide visibility for and unity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of the community. These celebrations observe the rich diversity of the area and provide cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities for both the LGBT community and its allies. Our most recent Polk Pride saw people come to Lakeland from all over Florida and the United States. Thousands came out to Pride in the Park to celebrate their pride like never before seen in Polk County. In the light of the success of Polk Pride since 2015, the organizing committee has set a sponsorship goal of $30,000 to ensure that Polk Pride builds on the success of previous events and in doing so, will become one of the premiere pride festivals in Central Florida. Your sponsorship of Polk Pride will result in enhanced visibility and brand loyalty for your company or organization among the LGBT community and its allies. Also, a portion of your sponsorship may be tax deductible. Thank you for taking the time to review the following sponsorship materials. We hope that you will consider supporting Polk Pride!
POLK PRIDE is made up of a series of events, which will culminate in an all-day downtown festival, featuring live entertainment with an expected attendance of over 5,000 from all over the surrounding area. Your presence at this event is your business’ opportunity to personally reach out and make a connection with all of those in attendance. Depending on your sponsorship level, your company’s name or logo will be included on advertisements and in publications advertising POLK PRIDE.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS
The Lakeland Youth Alliance, the organization behind POLK PRIDE, is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit, organization. This means that all of or a portion of your sponsorship may be tax deductible.
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Each month, The Lakeland Youth Alliance and Polk Pride assist many of local LGBT community members by providing a safe space for groups to meet, referral services, and providing counseling, as well as discussion groups. Your sponsorship not only helps with the funding of POLK PRIDE, it also helps to provide these vital services to the members of the LGBT community all year-round.