Pride Guide

Twin Cities Pride - June 23-24, 2012

By: Scott Ragan

Congratulations are in order for Twin Cities Pride as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012. Twin Cities Pride is the largest event of its kind in the upper Midwest, with the celebration comprised of several annual events – the biggest two being the Pride Festival and the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade. The Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis is widely known as the epicenter of gay life in the Twin Cities. The first local GLBT march, held in June 1972, was held in Loring Park. 40 years later, that march has evolved into a world-class Pride festival, which is still held in Loring Park.

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Twin Cities Pride Festival
Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM

Entry is free with donations accepted, but the Pride In Concert show requires tickets, which are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate.

There are six major parking lots around Loring Park, including the adjacent Walker Art Center garage.

"Pride In Concert" packs four stages of entertainment in two days. Spearz, Sick of Sarah, Rich B and Helen Back are scheduled to perform, and dance/R&B powerhouse Kelly Rowland will headline on Saturday evening. Click here to purchase tickets and to see the full line-up of talent.


Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade

11:00 AM

The route follows Hennepin Avenue through downtown Minneapolis. You can buy grandstand tickets to get a bird's eye view of the parade.

Visit Twin Cities Pride for more information and check out their gorgeous Pride poster below.

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