West Saint Paul Pride

Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

When West St. Paul Pride originated, it focused on creating a safe space for the community and allies to gather together and celebrate each other. The gathering started as one afternoon filled with stories, lunch, bounce houses, and vendor tents. Today, that small gathering blossomed into a huge celebration of LGBTQ family and allies. According to their website, WSP pride continues to expand each year as a means to cherish and lift up the LGBTQ folks who call WSP their home.

This year, WSP partnered with the Dodge Nature Center Farm for barnyard tours. Attendees could bring a free plus one to their barnyard tour to see baby chickens, pigs, cows, and lambs, on May 6.

If you like roller skating, WSP has the perfect event for you. On July 7, strap on your rollerblades and head over to Harmon Park Hockey Rink to dance, skate, and mingle during the Pride Skate Party. The following day, July 8, meet at the West St. Paul Sports Complex for five hours of Pride in the Park. Pride in the Park showcases vendors, performers, local organizations, and vendors all dedicated to one larger idea: to show support and connectedness to the community. The activities begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

WSP also presents an annual Community Advocate Award to LGBTQ advocates belonging to WSP or working to help WSP. To nominate someone, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNh53wn44HHsgnbtFD3JrxXGoTX5ctPDr6oO7Plw65WdHR_A/viewform.

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