Duluth-Superior Pride

Duluth Superior Pride Bayfront Festival Park Pavillion. Photo by Randy Stern
Duluth Superior Pride Bayfront Festival Park Pavillion. Photo by Randy Stern

The city of Duluth is named after Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, one of Europe’s most accomplished explorers, and the city, along her Twin Port twin, Superior, Wisconsin, honor the legacy of that title to this day…not by exploring the surrounding water and woods, but by exploring the wide variety of people who live there.

The 36th annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival will take place at its traditional time, Labor Day weekend—this year, that’s September 1 though 4.  Pride kicks off with the Mayor’s Reception at the Duluth Depot at 5p on Thursday, September 1.  That event includes live music, snacks, beverages—soft and not-so-soft—and a presentation to honor heroes of the local queer community.  

The festival begins at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 3, at Bayfront Festival Park.  Here the northern Pride-goer will encounter beer tents and food trucks, merchandise exhibitors and merchandise vendors, along with the information booths that conduct the vital work of matching people with places.  Bayfront Festival Park provides a main stage for Pride and the main stage provides a full day of entertainment, as well.

A particular source of local Pride is this festival’s family-friendly nature—in support of that nature, activities for children and parents—the technical term is “fun and games,” apparently–are easy to find.  

The culminating tradition, the Pride parade will begin at high noon on Sunday, September 4th, “all along” Tower Avenue in Superior, an exploration of the city and its people that will do the Sieur du Lhut’s memory proud.  


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