The annual Boise Pride Fest, which is due to take place September 9-11, has postponed its ‘Drag Kids’ performance after it garnered national attention, although the group is citing ‘heightened security concerns’ – not the inappropriate nature of the event itself.
The original festival proudly advertised a children’s drag show, describing it as a “show like no other”. with children from the age of 11.
“You’ve watched queens and kings and now it’s time to see the children”, a pamphlet describing the event reads.
“A drag show like no other, the Drag Kids range in age from 11 to 18 and are ready to bring it all to the Boise Pride Festival stage,” he exclaimed.
The original program of the festival shows that the performance of “Drag Kids” was to take place on Sunday, September 11 at 12:45 p.m. However, that event has since been postponed, the group announced Thursday.
“While the vast majority of our sponsors and supporters have expressed their support for the Boise Pride Festival and the Drag Kids program, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this performance due to heightened security concerns,” the band announced in a statement. “The health and well-being of children, their parents and Festival participants are our priority. The children who were going to perform have the enthusiastic support of their community and the support and consent of their parents. We support children 1000% and their choice to be themselves, to stand up for their truth and to express themselves. »
However, Boise Pride has made it clear that they are not ruling out the possibility of a performance in the future.
“They are brave, beautiful and deserve their chance to be in the spotlight, and we want to give them that at a later date,” Boise Pride wrote, while Drag Kids co-producer and host Riley Burrows described the decision as “extremely difficult to make.”
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— Pride of Boise (@boisepride) September 8, 2022
The Boise Pride announcement coincides with another Pride festival that has garnered national attention – Illinois’ Decatur Pride Fest taking place Sept. 17, which is set to feature a “youth drag show.”
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It is still unclear if this group will cancel the performance of the kid’s drag show as the date is getting closer.