Capital City Pride to Unveil Pride Corner in East Village 

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Des Moines, IA – This summer, Capital City Pride is excited to announce the creation of “Pride Corner” at the intersection of East Grand Avenue and East Fifth Street in the East Village. This vibrant and symbolic project features the Progress Pride Flag painted at each corner, celebrating diversity and inclusion in the heart of Des Moines

Pride Corner is strategically located between three of Des Moines’ beloved gay bars—The Blazing Saddle, Buddy’s Corral, and The Garden—and adjacent to the popular RAYGUN store, making it a central hub for both the community and visitors. Funding for the project was provided by the Polk County Board of Supervisors Community Betterment Grant and Capital City Pride. 

“Capital City Pride believes that visibility is education, and Pride Corner is an opportunity to learn about the historic roots of the LGBTQ+ community in the East Village, the deep meaning of the Pride Flag, and more,” said Wes Mullins, Capital City Pride’s executive director. “We hope people will enjoy the beautiful art and be reminded of how our rainbow diversity makes our community stronger and richer.” 

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This project reflects the culmination of extensive effort and collaboration with local stakeholders. The Des Moines City Council reviewed and approved the use of portions of the sidewalks for the installation during a hearing on May 6. 

To prepare for the project, the pavement has been thoroughly power washed and treated to ensure a pristine and lasting installation of the artwork. 

Capital City Pride hosted a press conference at the project site to unveil Pride Corner on Tuesday, May 28, at 5:00 p.m. Joining Wes Mullins and the Capital City Pride Board of Directors were District 1 Supervisor Matt McCoy, City Council Members Mike Simonson and Josh Mandelbaum, as well as artists Cat Rocketship and Dani Awesome. Capital City Pride invited members of the press, community leaders, and the public to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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