East Central Minnesota Pride

Photo by East Central MN Pride
Photo by East Central MN Pride

East Central Minnesota possesses a ton of pride every year, and this upcoming pride month is no different! The 18th annual ‘Pride in the Park’ event is happening for all to enjoy in downtown Pine City, Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. This event celebrates the Pride of LGBTQ folks in the communities of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs counties.

This year’s theme is “Pride Alive, 365,” and as organizer Don Quaintance says, “Pride is more than just one day out of the year… For us, it’s personal. Pride is alive in us 365 days a year.”

Pride is always important; East Central Minnesota knows this intimately, and has a rich history concerning LGBTQ Pride. In fact, according to Chair of East Central Minnesota Pride, Phil Schroeder, “East Central Minnesota Pride was born in 2005, as a fifth anniversary of the East Central Men’s Circle, a discussion group for gay, bisexual, and questioning men of the region. It was the first rural pride to be held not only in Minnesota, but anywhere outside of a metro area.”

East Central Minnesota Pride is extremely excited to welcome Mark Joseph and the American Soul, as well as Jacob Mahon and New Salty Dog, back to the stage for a Pride performance! In addition, catch first-time East Central Pride Performers, Roxxy Hall Band, an all-women rock-n-soul ensemble, beloved to the Midwest since the 1980s, on the pride stage for the first time! You don’t want to miss out on this beautiful display of LGBTQ joy this summer!

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