Indy Pride Week expected to draw more than 100,000 despite Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 5, 2015) - Indy Pride Week 2015 kicks off this weekend.

More than 100,000 people are expected to pack downtown for the weeklong festival, which comes just two months after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy.

Indy Pride President Chris Morehead said the controversy won't have an impact on attendance. He said this year's pride week is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

“RFRA, although it was incredibly bad and difficult for Hoosiers to go through, really  transformed this years festival into what you’re going to see this coming week," Morehead said.

During the Religious Freedom Restoration Act fallout and  fundamental changes to the law, Morehead said the support for the Indiana LGBT community grew.
"We had people coming to us saying 'What can we do? We see that you’re going through this. How can we support?' " Morehead said.
Indy Pride Week is the largest LGBT event in Indiana. Some hotels are sold out. Local shops are ready for the business. Pride flags have already lined Mass Ave.
“It’s such a fun time. Everyone gets dressed up. People are doing the parade and there’s all kinds of fun things going on downtown," said Sarah Kate with Silver in the City.
Visit Indy Communications Director Chris Gahl said they will be investing in digital ads to help promote bringing visitors to Indy for Pride Week.
"With the event celebrating its 20th annual, and with the microscope that has been on Indiana in recent months, we expect this year's Indy Pride to attract a strong in-state base of visitors along with a strong regional set of visitors," Morehead said.
He added the event will bring "a healthy seven figures" to Indy's economy.
There will be some street closures during the week for different events. You can see a list of them by clicking here.

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