Twin Cities Pride is the annual LGBTQ celebration held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also called Minneapolis Pride, it welcomes people from all across Minnesota and the Midwest, however some visitors come from other parts of the world to take part in all the fun. While Gay Pride Week officially started in 1973, it only began because of a protest march that occurred the previous year. That march saw 50 people take part and march towards a local mall to bring attention to the riots that occurred in Stonewall three years earlier. It was successful enough that it gave way to a full week of events the following year.
Around 150 people came out for the first celebration in 1973. They played softball and went for a canoe ride on the water. Other events in that first year included a dance and a picnic. In 1974, it became one of the first pride events in the nation to welcome transgender speakers and visitors. Though the pride festivities welcomed both lesbian and gay men during its early years, the women split off and formed a lesbian pride event that ran for several years before the groups united again.
The organizers behind the pride festivities in Minneapolis went through a series of name changes before becoming the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Committee in the early 1980s. Changes to the events led to an increased number of visitors and a wide range of acts that performed live on its stages each year. Twin Cities Pride festivities now include a five-kilometer run that raises money for charities, as well as lively concerts that feature prominent LGBTQ celebrities. All the fun of pride takes place during the middle/end of June, and usually illuminates Loring Park and its surrounding area.
For full details on Minneapolis Pride 2022, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!
This year, Minneapolis Pride will be celebrating its 49th anniversary, as members of the local LGBTQ community come together to experience their pride. While the Minneaoplis Pride Parade will unfortunately not be taking place this year due to local Covid-19 restrictions, the city will still come alive in rainbow spirit, with loads of different activities transpiring in June and July. On June 27, you can out your running gear and experience your pride on the track for Minneapolis' iconic Rainbow 5KM Run. Kicking off from Boom Island Park at 9am, the hybrid event will attract everyone from fitness freaks to enthusiastic joggers all with the one goal, to celebrate Pride and come together with love and solidarity in Minneapolis.
While the Minneapolis Gay Pride Parade will not take place this year, you can still get out the rainbow for the popular 49th Annual Twin Cities Pride Festival. Transpiring over the weekend of July 17-18, the festival will be held at Loring Park from 10am to 6pm, and it will include local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, a beer garden, and music stages.
Participating in Minneapolis Pride events is easy and affordable. You can go online and download a ride pass that gives you a free ride to Loring Park from almost anywhere in the city. Nice Ride offers bikes for those who want to cycle, and there will be plenty of docking stations at the festival. You can also grab an Uber or a Lyft ride to the park. As parking is very limited, these transportation options are your best bet. To celebrate Minneapolis Gay Pride to the max this year, you won't want to miss any of the amazing events and the guests scheduled to appear, so start planning and we'll meet you there.