Baton Rouge's 12th annual Pride Festival, touted as the largest family-friendly indoor LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning) pride celebration in the South, was presented by the Aids Healthcare Foundation on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at a new and larger venue, the Raising Cane's Baton Rouge River Center Arena. A blessing of relationships ceremony and 60-plus tables of resource booths were part of the event, as well as performances from DJ Cameron Kelly, YEHHITSKOOL, Theater Baton Rouge, About Last Night, Krewe of Divas, Orphan Annie, Austin Babtist Women and Michigan Avenue. An arts festival in partnership with LEUR magazine, and free HIV testing were also offered. Michael Wayne Smith, recognized as Grand Marshal of the event, has been co-leader for the Metropolitan Community Church South Gulf Coast Network for the past six years.