OutReach LGBT Community Center announced on March 25th that the organization will not hold a Pride parade in Madison this August. The
decision comes after a tumultuous 2018 event that involved rescinding invites to law enforcement contingents in the parade after
pushback from local activists, and an intense backlash to that decision from other parts of the community.
In a press release, the OutReach Board said the decision to forgo the parade this year was a difficult one, but largely based on logistical
hurdles placed by the city's Street Use Division that made it nearly impossible to continue. The goal instead will shift to holding the
newly dubbed OutReach Magic Festival at Warner Park, on Sunday, August 18, to coincide with Woof's King Street Pride Block Party the day
before. The name is a nod to the MAGIC picnics held for years in Madison as the de facto Pride celebration.