Event Details

Pride in the Park is not a replacement for Ozarks Pridefest, but an additional celebration to showcase the incredible journey of the LGBTQIA+ community. We’re excited to bring you a brand-new event to commemorate our community’s history and achievements!

This event is presented by The GLO Center, the driving force behind both Ozarks Pridefest and Pride in the Park. Our Pride committee works tirelessly to create inclusive and empowering experiences for all.

Check back often for more information on entertainment and activities.


An LGBTQIA+ History Celebration:
Amazing speakers, bounce houses, poetry, music, and food trucks!


October 28th, 2023
11am – 3pm


Phelps Grove Park
950 E Bennett St, Springfield, MO


Below is a guide to parking at Pride in the Park 2023. Want to be extra awesome? Carpool with friends, or roll in on skates, scooters, or bikes! Let’s keep the traffic low and the fun high!


We’re thrilled to introduce the incredible lineup of performers for this year’s Pride in the Park event. Unlike Ozarks Pridefest, where we opened the stage to performer applications, we’ve taken a different approach this time. Pride in the Park is our way of giving back to the incredible community that has shown us so much love and support. Our event committee has carefully selected a small, yet dynamic, group of performers to create an intimate and community-focused atmosphere. We believe these artists embody the spirit and diversity of our community, and we can’t wait for you to experience the joy and unity they will bring to Pride in the Park.

Apollo Harris

Apollo Harris (they/them), a sophomore Musical Theatre major at MSU, hails from North Texas and carries with them a lifelong love for the performing arts. Their journey has been marked by a deep passion for the stage, and they've been gracing audiences with their talent from a young age. Now, as they pursue their education in Musical Theatre, Apollo is poised to make an indelible mark in the world of performing arts. Their dedication and enthusiasm promise a bright future filled with creative expression and artistry.

Molly Del Rossi

Molly Del Rossi (she/they) is a graduate student at Missouri State University studying Creative Writing. She is a poet and is the Managing Editor of LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, as well as a poetry reviewer for Moon City Review. They are very interested in the Springfield music scene and have made zines and performed poetry for music events. Her goals for the future include getting her chapbook published and creating cool projects with their friends.

Jen Harris

Poet Jen Harris (she/her) is a writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. Featured on NPR, Netflix Queer Eye, Creative Mornings, TEDx, and many more, Harris is the author of 3 books of poetry and the recipient of numerous accolades. She is the founder and host of The Writing Workshop KC, whose mission is to nurture creative curiosity and inspire confidence. She hosts weekly classes and offers creative coaching to private clients. Jen is a nationally-certified Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist. Through a trauma-informed lens, she unites strangers who share an interest in creative expression and facilitates the development of empowering writing and performance communities. Jen has toured all over the country and is one half of the artist-to-artist indie podcast Confessing Animals.

The Shandies

The Shandies are a married musical duo who have been serving up their brand of “fresh-squeezed harmony” here in Springfield since 2016. They just released their fourth studio album, “If You Knew Me,” in July and also have a wide catalog of eclectic folksy covers. Last year they played Mid-Missouri Pride in Columbia, KnoxPride in Knoxville, TN, and our own Ozarks Pridefest, and they can’t wait to see you again at Pride in the Park!


Dr. Kyler Sherman-Wilkins

GLO Past President








Volunteer applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!