Photo by Marcus White

Get Ready for Pride Weekend



Two-city-wide festival will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community


By Felicity Bosk


For several years Duluth and Superior have been home to Pride Weekend, a time to celebrate and support LGBTQ+ people within our community. This year the festivities take place between September 3-6 all across the Twin Ports.

It begins with the Mayors Reception, where, at the Depot, Duluth Mayor Don Ness will welcome everybody. There will be food, live music, and a presentation to honor outstanding contributors to the LGBTQ+ community.

Photo by Marcus White

“Dykes on Bikes” ride down Tower ave at the Pride Parade in 2014 /Photo by Marcus White

There will be tons of events all over the two cities, including the highly anticipated Block Party on Tower ave in Superior. The Flame Nightclub and the Main Club are co hosting the party. This year there will even be a shuttle going between the two clubs. This event takes place on September 5 starting at 8pm. At 10 am that same day will be the Hummingbird Family 5k on the Western Lake Superior Waterfront Trail. Its to promote healthy living and interaction. You can register up to 9 am September 5. Saturday will be the host to all sorts of other events throughout the Twin Ports, which you can find listed here.

From 11-7 on Saturday the fifth at Bayfront Park in Duluth is the Pride Festival. This free family event will have vendors, beer tents, games, and activities. Throughout the day there will be live bands performing onstage. To see the full lineup, click here.

The last day of Pride Weekend is Sunday September 6. There will be a Vista Cruise “fruit float”, family picnic in Billing Park, drag show, and of course, the Pride Parade. The parade, beginning at noon, will be on Tower ave between Broadway St. and Belknap St. This event brings the community together to solidify Duluth-Superior Pride’s mission statement: celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and promote understanding, education, acceptance, respect, healthy living and loving, self-esteem and equality.

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