Get ready for an outpouring of Pride

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June 20, 2011 // UPDATED 1:49 pm - June 23, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

After dusk on Friday night, the I-35W Bridge will be transformed into a rainbow. From vantage points like the Stone Arch Bridge, a projection of rainbow colors should be clearly visible along the underside of the structure. The illumination is just a small sample of what to expect from the weekend, which will play host to the 39th Twin Cities Pride Festival.

On Saturday and Sunday, Loring Park will become the epicenter of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.  The Festival kicks off in the park at 10 a.m. on Saturday and features all-day entertainment both Saturday and Sunday. Along with the “Pride in Concert” headline show at 5:30 on Saturday, special events include the Rainbow Run marathon, blessing of LGBT unions and more.

Far from ending at the borders of Loring Park, special Pride events can be found throughout the city all weekend long. A Saturday night concert at Epic nightclub features critically acclaimed rapper Kid Sister. The same night, Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen will host the “Memoirs of a GAYsha” party.

Of course, one of the most colorful events will be the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade, which will travel down Hennepin Avenue, starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Last year’s parade drew over 125,000 spectators, making it one of the largest parades in the Upper Midwest. Along with dozens of local businesses and LGBT organizations, both Mayor RT Ryback and Governor Mark Dayton are scheduled to appear in the parade.

For more information on Twin Cities Pride, visit