Saint Paul Pride Festival

Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

This year, the city of Saint Paul cannot be ignored when it comes to celebrating LGBTQ Pride.

To be held at Rice Park on June 10, the Saint Paul Pride Festival will be focused on underserved populations within the LGBTQ community. The festival is free to the public and will run from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

The event will be hosted by comedian Ashli Henderson with a Pride Stage featuring artists, such as Karaoke King Nikko Blaze, JD Steele and his choir, and BdotCroc. A headliner will be announced soon.

Expect various food, drink, and other vendors at the park. Featured vendors include Gambit Brewing and MetroNOME Brewery, the former featuring a “Pride Beer.” Food will be highlighted by top Soul Food Chef Lachelle Cunningham featuring her “Cheesy Grit Fritter & Aioli Sauce.” “Pride Dogs” will be available from Top Dog & Project RestoreMN.

A Youth & Families Zone will be set up for all ages. This area will have a live mural, interactive arts, interactive activities, interactive dance, and much more.

Event organizer Kyle Rucker stated that “We value our community and want our young people and attending families to have engaging, educational & intellectually nutritious content.”

Importantly, the Saint Paul Pride Festival is partnered with Project RestoreMN to ensure that the festival “enhances the quality of life for young people and raises the bar on how we can model economic vitality for our youth and our community’s future.”

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