Pride Comes in all Colors of the Rainbow
Pride may have taken on a slightly different look this year, thanks to the pandemic of 2020 shaking things up, but one thing remains the same—Pride is shown in all shades of the rainbow, and people of color make up a huge part of that diverse and beautiful spectrum.
While many people of color enjoy the traditional Twin Cities Pride festivities as much as anyone, the Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride Organization also goes all out to put on a Pride to celebrate in their own unique way by offering the community a “S.L.I.C.E.” of Pride, which stands for “Sociability”, “Literary”, “Inclusion” “Charity” and “Education.” These are the building blocks for a stronger, more empowered, and more well-informed community.
The Twin Cities Black Pride Festival, which runs August 12 – 15, 2021, will include vendors, organizations, booths, tables and sponsors that will encompass a broad range of interests, groups and allies that will honor and recognize the fellowship of groups that make up this amazing community.
Some of the events include the following:
MN Black Pride Kick Off Party
Thursday, August 12 • 8 pm – Midnight • $5 entry fee • 21+
All are welcome to this kickoff party to be held at Hyde Kitchen & Grill, 24 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis. This event is sponsored by B and M Entertainment and the MN POC Pride Festival, and will feature music by DJ DIME, giveaways and drink specials.
The Met Gala Ball (Black Pride Edition)
Friday, August 13 • 8 pm – Midnight • Tickets $39.99 – $300 (available on Eventbrite)
An evening of elegance and style will fill the Ramada Inn Plymouth (2705 Annapolis Ln, N., Minneapolis, MN 55441) as host Adonis Escada leads the festivities, and DJ DIME provides the music. Doors open at 7:30 pm, and a VIP ticket includes no line standing, a meet & greet with a celebrity judge along with autograph and photo.
Black Pride on the River 2021
Saturday, August 14 • 7:30 – 10 pm • Tickets $60 • Padelford Riverboats, Harriet Island, St. Paul
Come out and join the fun on the river with free food, a cash bar, live entertainers and a DJ to provide the beats. The boat will leave on time at 8 pm sharp, so be sure to arrive early to make sure you don’t miss out!
Gathering of Friends
Sunday, August 15 • 10 AM • Free
Come out and gather with others at Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis for a day of fellowship, fun, and most of all….Pride!
For more information on these activities, as well as the mission statement of the Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride Organization, visit www.mnpocpride.org