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DS Pride Kicks off 28th Annual Weekend of Celebration in the Twin Ports
Duluth-Superior Pride will soon be celebrating its 28th annual Labor Day weekend festival. The events will run from Thursday, August 28th until Sunday, August 31st with the festival taking place on Saturday in Bayfront Park. Many of these events are family friendly and will be FREE of charge.
The weekend will celebrate equality, tolerance and compassion for all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Please check out all the fun events and be sure to look for the rainbow colors on Enger Tower Wednesday through Saturday night!
Thursday, August 28th:
The Mayor’s Reception and Weekend Opening (FREE) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Depot Heritage and Arts Center, 506 West Michigan St., Duluth, MN. Duluth Mayor Don Ness and the Duluth City Council sponsor this reception welcoming visitors and residents to the opening of our DS Pride celebration. We will honor outstanding contributors to the GLBTAQI community, enjoy live music by the Yea Scherz, see aerialist Alex Loch perform in the heights of the Depot, and a social with food generously provided by Scott Graden of the New Scenic Café. This event is also sponsored by A Touch of Plasch and Eric Huie.
Fagbug Nation Film Showing ($5.00) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Zinema 2, 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN. A discussion with filmmaker Erin Davies to follow.
Friday, August 29th:
Jitter’s Poetry Reading (FREE) at 6 p.m. at Jitter’s Coffee House, 102 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN. The poetry reading provides an all-ages, alcohol-free opportunity for local writers to read selections of their own works.
Saturday August 30th:
8th Annual Hummingbird Family 5K Fun Run/Walk (race entry with T-shirt: $20, kids age 11 and under race FREE, optional T-shirt: $10) with registration at 8:30 a.m. and start time at 9 a.m. on the Western Lake Superior Waterfront Trail, 7408 Grand Ave., Duluth, MN. This event honors an outstanding member of our community, Hummingbird, and his generous contributions to the GLBTAQI community. Costumes and lots of colors are strongly encouraged! Register anytime by the Duluth-Superior Pride website, dspride.com. Same-day registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. on the race day at the Waterfront Trail.
Pride Festival in the Park (FREE) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN. The festival will be held for the 10th year in the beautiful, panoramic park. There will be two beer tents, an exciting group of exhibitors and vendors, and games/activities for children and families. Also, our first ever craft beer tent featuring Bent Paddle Brewing Company and Sociable Cider Werks. The event will be filled with music and entertainment including Steve Grand, Svet, Branden James, Cheesa and Ariana & the Rose. Local talent includes Meliante, Minnesota Ballet, Flame Dancers, Rachael Kilgour and speakers, Ken Browell and Kathy Heltzer.
Pride Historical Collection (FREE) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN. This will be curated by Dan Hartman and Margie Nelson and will feature over 28 years of history in the twin ports.
Pride’s Block Party (COVER CHARGE) will be from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Avenue and at the Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., Superior, WI. There is a $10 cover charge that gains entry to BOTH BARS all night, payable at the door of either bar. Wristbands can also be purchased at the festival for only $8, which means no waiting in line at the door. The entire door charge goes to Duluth-Superior Pride, which helps keep the festival free each year. The Main Club brings you a live DJ spinning throughout the night. Music begins at 9 p.m. The Flame Nightclub will host an outdoor party.
About DS Pride: For 28 years, the DS Pride Festival has grown into a large local event, bringing economic benefits to the Twin Ports through tourism. DS Pride’s philanthropic work has helped to promote the acceptance of diversity in the Twin Ports region.
Mission Statement: Duluth-Superior GLBTAQI Pride serves the Twin Ports area’s GLBTAQI community by celebrating diversity, promoting understanding, education, acceptance, respect, healthy living, self-esteem, and equality.Previous Press Releases:
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