KCUR News
8:47 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Gay Pride Group Brings Quilt Project To Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. – As Gay Pride Week wraps up in Kansas City, events at the Power and Light District and Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park will feature local and national music headliners.

At a sit-down dinner under a massive tent tonight along the Missouri River, the walls will be lined with quilts. They are from The Names Project Foundation's Aids Memorial Quilt. The Aids Memorial Quilt is the living memorial to the thousands of men and women who've died of HIV-AIDS. Friends and family sew personal messages on quilt panels about victims of the disease.

Kansas City Pride festival organizer Rick Baumgardner says Kansas City created a new quilt for the project.

"We made a quilt with 8 different panels this year here in Kansas City and we invited the community to come and to leave a remembrance to someone who died from HIV AIDS."

The Names Project Foundation's Aids Memorial Quilt will be on display under the tent at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park through Sunday.

Organizations related to the LGBT community will have booths at the Riverfront festival.

The R & B singing group En Vogue performs Sunday night at 9 p.m.