Set up for Pride underway at Loring Park

June 20, 2019 10:22 PM

Set up for Pride weekend is underway in Loring Park. The park will have 400 vendors, including 40 food vendors to tempt your tastes.

Some of the booths include The Bridge for Youth, Think Solidarity and the Sassy Seamstress.


Darcie Baumann from Twin Cities Pride is overseeing it all.

"We transform this park into a whole new, little city," she said.

The celebration was actually moved up a few days to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

"The Stonewall, which was a haven for the marginalized and a lot of the time outcast LGBTQ community members and during that raid they fought back," Baumann said.

Another recent change involved moving Sunday's parade because of construction on Hennepin Avenue.

"Start at 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue and then come right down 2nd Avenue, go in front of the convention center where we'll have the grandstand and seat area, come back along Grant and right into Loring park," Baumann said.

June is Pride Month, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey found his own special way to kick things off.

"I, Jacob Frey, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim June 20th, 2019, as The Legacy Wall Day in the City of Minneapolis," he said.

There was also an unveiling of sorts at the U.S. Bank building, with The Legacy Wall. It's a digitally interactive exhibit featuring 125 profiles of LGBTQ people, spanning 4,000 years of history.

"It's important to see your history reflected to know where you came from and what you're about," Nicole Pederson said.

The 2019 Twin Cities Pride Festival runs from June 22-23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with Pride in Concert starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

For more on the festival, click here.

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