Ames Pride will be hosting a block party in association with Big Wigs Bar in lieu of the cancellation of Pridefest as a result of COVID-19.
Planning for Ames Pridefest begins every year in winter, meaning Ames Pride was unable to plan Pridefest due to COVID-19 conditions in January 2022.
“When we opened last year, I contacted [Ames Pride] about what they were doing for Pride this year, and because COVID was still ongoing, they decided they weren’t going to do anything for Pride this year as far as a festival,” Vanessa Taylor said, owner of Big Wigs Bar. “I said, ‘Well, that changes my whole conversation, then, because I still want to do something in our parking lot.'”
According to Ames Pride, “Due to the changes with COVID, we were able to plan a fall event in the absence of a festival.”
“I want to put this [Block Party] because something like that wasn’t done to Ames in a bar,” Taylor said.
The “Ames Pride Presents: Big Wigs Block Party” will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Big Wigs Bar located at 6008 W. Lincoln Way.
Block party admission tickets are $20. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ames Pride and Big Wigs are set to provide a free shuttle to block parties which will run from 5 p.m. to midnight. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes from the McFarland West Ames Clinic at 3600 Lincoln Way to the venue.
The block party will begin at 5 p.m. with food for sale by Hungry Boys Taqueria and homemade ice cream by Marmalade Moon. You will also have time to visit the Big Wigs bar and nightclub.
“People who haven’t been here yet will get to see the site and have a great time,” Taylor said.
Local YouTube sensation Leslie Hall will perform at 7 p.m. as the opening act for ’80s pop superstar Tiffany, who will perform and meet at 8 p.m.
A ticket will also allow you to attend a drag show after the Block Party.
Tickets can be purchased up until the day of the event through Eventbrite.
To learn more about the event, visit the Ames Pride website.