La Crosse Pride

Pride Family Picnic. Courtesy of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection
Pride Family Picnic. Courtesy of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection

Lacrosse has been celebrating Pride for sixteen years and is being organized by 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection also known as “The Center.” The Center provides over a dozen family and youth centered programs for LGBTQ community members in La Crosse and surrounding areas. 

Pride begins in June with the Pride Family Picnic on Saturday, June 11 at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center in La Crosse. The picnic starts at 11:00 AM. A spokesperson for the event says “It is a time for family and friends to gather and show support for one another, while sharing food, games and socializing! This event is suitable for all ages and open to the public. Free food, beverages and loads of fun!”

Courtesy of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection

The Center’s official pride week kicks off on September 10th at Riverside Park.  The festival starts at 11:00 AM and runs until 6:00 PM. There you can find artists, merchants, vendors, and performances. A spokesperson from The Center states that there will be “free fun for the whole family! Vendors, community groups, kids activities, food and more! We are committed to safety and ask that people wear masks (we will have sanitation stations available for all).”

The pièce de résistance of the whole week is undoubtedly So You Think You Can Drag, Join the party and support the cause! It is happening on Friday, September 16th starting at 9:00 PM at the La Crosse Center. According The Center, “attendees must be at least 21 years old to enter.  One of our biggest events of the year, and our biggest fundraiser! Join LaCrosse’s biggest and best drag show and drag competition with our hostess, Allota Shots, along with some of the best drag queens out there!.”

“So You Think You Can Drag”. Courtesy of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection

Organizers are still accepting vendor applications. You can find contact information and the latest on La Crosse pride on their website

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