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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.
Many pride events across the country will honor the men and women who participated in the Stonewall Uprising. Minneapolis Pride moved its festival and other events to the end of June to coincide with the anniversary of those riots. To participate in the Minneapolis Pride Parade and other events, you'll want to head to Loring Park on Willow Street. The organizers scheduled the pride festivities to run from Saturday, June 22 through to Sunday, June 23, 2019.
The fun kicks off on Saturday morning at 9am with the 9th Annual Walk Against Bullying. Join the walk and take a stand, showing others that you don't support bullying. You can register on the spot and begin walking at 9:30am. If you want to avoid this, you can also register online in advance. Twin Cities Pride will officially begin at 10am that morning in Loring Park. A live show starts at 6pm, but the fun doesn't end until the impressive fireworks display which fire off later in the evening.
Sunday brings a slew of other Minneapolis Gay Pride events such as the Rainbow 5KM Run, which starts at 9:30am on Boom Island. If you head over to Hennepin Avenue at 11am, you can take part in the annual GLBT Parade, which is the Minneapolis Pride Parade. If you are still reeling from all the pride-related fun, you can keep this festivities going with a pub crawl, which is scheduled for later on the Sunday afternoon.
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.