Hundreds of thousands of people hit Loring Park this weekend as part of the annual Pride Festival in Minneapolis. The event, which celebrates the LGBT community and gay rights, is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country.
This weekend an estimated 300,000 people packed the Pride Festival in the Twin Cities. The Festival is one of the largest GLBT events in the nation and a parade Sunday morning attracted top Democratic political leaders. It’s an indication of how powerful gay voters are.
Minneapolis hosts one of the largest Pride weekends in the nation, and roughly a half million people from around the country are expected to celebrate in the Twin Cities this weekend. For the first time, this year’s festival in Loring Park includes wedding vendors, and there’s talk of holding weddings on site next year. The most popular event is the Pride parade down Hennepin Avenue. Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe is this year’s grand marshal.
Twin Cities PRIDE is taking over Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. This year, festival goers can expect a few key changes fueled by the passing of the Marriage Equality Bill.
Officials announced Wednesday that popular local athlete and gay rights activist will be the grand marshal at this year’s PRIDE parade.
Several streets will be closed on Sunday to make way for the Ashely Rukes GLBT Pride Parade and Twin Cities Pride 5K, according to the City of Minneapolis.