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.
The annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration is about to get underway. Minneapolis hosts one of the largest Pride weekends in the nation, bringing in nearly a half million people from around the country. This is expected to be one of the biggest celebrations ever in the Twin Cities. Pride Executive Director Dot Belstler says Minnesota’s new marriage law and the recent rulings from the Supreme Court are fueling the excitement and a sense of accomplishment.
The vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is still months away. But the issue was front and center at this year’s PRIDE Weekend.