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Helping young people break down implicit biases by bringing together those in diverse communities from across the country is the dream of Joshua Krakos, 20, of Webster Groves. He is president and founder of Bridge Builders STL, a non-profit student exchange organization.

An estimated 300,000 attendees are expected to descend on downtown St. Louis this weekend, making St. Louis PrideFest the largest free LGBT pride celebration in the Midwest outside of Chicago.