Pride Guide

Milwaukee Pride - June 8-10, 2012


Don’t be fooled by its friendly, small-town-style sense and sensibilities—Milwaukee thinks and acts big, especially when it comes to Gay Pride. In fact, the city’s three-day-long PrideFest attracts over 150 bands and celebrity performers, and on a more extended scale, stands as the largest LGBT music festival in the nation (and by all accounts, the largest festival of its kind on planet Earth). That bit of information, we think, is a big deal.

In any case, take a closer look at the 2012 highlights below, which include detailed information on events and live entertainment by such notables as Mo’Nique—who opens the Festival on Friday—Salt-N-Pepa, Sharon Needles, Chely Wright and LeAnn Rimes (we still love her, right?).


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PrideFest Milwaukee
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
(right off I-794)

3:00 PM – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – Midnight

$12 dollars a day, or $25 for a three-day pass (if purchased online).
Click here for more information.

Plenty of parking is available at a handful of lots and garages around Henry Maier Park, in addition to designated unloading areas at the gates. Click here to see a detailed map.

Milwaukee PrideFest spans three days, June 8 – 10, and features a barrage of impressive headlining acts. Like Belinda Carlisle, Salt-N-Pepper, LeAnn Rimes, Berlin and Chely Wright, among others, plus special appearances by Mo’Nique—who opens the Festival on Friday night—and Sharon Needles. Festivities also include a dance-your-ass-off pavilion, a health and wellness stage, and a Stonewall Stage in addition to lectures, arts and crafts, and whole lot of food and drink. Click here for more information.


Milwaukee Pride Parade
Staging Area: 2nd Street, between Lapham and Greenfield.

Sunday: 2:00 PMY

You can bet that this year’s Grand Marshal, Dear Ruthie, will almost certainly feel comfortable leading the parade. And for good reason when you consider that she’s appeared, it seems, in nearly all of them since 1993. The parade route is as follows: Start on 2nd street, between Lapham and Greenfield; travel north on 2nd street until you pass the so-called float breakdown area (near 2nd and Seebooth). And, well, that’s about it. Click here for more information and a detailed map.

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