Twin Cities Pride

Minneapolis was recently named a top city for gay travelers, and the Twin Cities Pride Festival this weekend is just one reason to stop by and enjoy the city. This year there is even more to celebrate with Minnesota becoming the 12th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. The theme “I have pride” reflects the persistent support for equality and LGBT rights in Minnesota. With so much success from the continued effort, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party, because this festival knows how to do it right.

Start the celebration early by attending the Beer Dabbler on Friday night and enjoy some of Minnesota’s best from 26 local food trucks and breweries while listening to live music.

Photo courtesy of  Twin Cities Pride

On June 29 & 30 in Loring Park there will be more than 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors, and 300,000 visitors participating in this free celebration. During the festival there will be non-stop live music and entertainment on five stages, including drag shows and Pride in Concert, hosted by MyTalk 107.1’s Bradley Traynor, staring L’Assassins, The New Standards, Neon Hitch, and Nina Sky. This show is a ticketed event ($10 in advance or $20 at the door).

On Sunday, the Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade takes over Hennepin Avenue with more than 130 units of community members and supporters. Chris Kluwe, an NFL punter, former Minnesota Vikings player and LGBT ally, will be the grand marshal. He will also be signing copies of his new book, “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies,” during Pride in Concert.

New this year is the Ultimate Pride Experience package (available for pre-sale until June 28 for $100), giving you access into several TC Pride events, including The Lounge, Lollipop, the official TC Pride Party, and the Bitch ‘n’ Brunch during the parade. With VIP acces, you won’t have to wait in lines and there are opportunities to win prizes, as well as upgrades like discounted cab rides.

Come Aug. 1 everyone in Minnesota can tie the knot, and to prepare for this the TC Pride festival is hosting a Save the Date tent to help couples plan their celebration. There will be a wedding showcase with eight bands/acts, a floral extravaganza, wedding vendor lineup, and kids entertainment.