Saturday, June 20
Pride Boat Cruise. Having sold out the past two years, the 2009 Boat Cruise will feature a beach-party theme, with prizes for the best board shorts and Hawaiian print shirt, as well as other door prizes. Setting sail from Downtown Stillwater, 525 S. Main St., at 1 PM, and returning around 4 PM, this Pride tradition—a great way to kick off the festivities—includes a light appetizer buffet. It’s open to all ages.
Sunday, June 21
Pride Picnic at Como Park. What do hamburgers and brats, old-fashioned games and the summer sun have in common? The Pride Picnic at Como Park, of course! This complimentary picnic is an afternoon of summer traditions, uniting with others in the community, and simply having fun. Festivities run 11 AM-2 PM, at East Picnic Pavilions, Como Park, St. Paul.
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28
2009 Pride Festival. This anticipated Pride tradition is back full force, ready for the GLBT community, allies and friends. With a lineup of performances, hundreds of vendors, and guilt-free food, you’re bound to find something that’s a perfect fit. Join us witness as Loring Park is transformed into a space of community bonding, advocacy, and sheer fun. With the price set at free, this is one event you’re not going to want to miss! Sat., 10 AM-10 PM. Sun., 10 AM-6 PM. Loring Park, 1382 S. Willow St., Mpls.
Sunday, June 28
Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade. According to public estimates, the parade last year drew a crowd of more than 125,000, making it one of the largest in the Upper Midwest, and the largest in Minneapolis, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak. With your support and attendance, this year’s celebration will be nothing shy of fabulous, so join the parade, as it steps off at 11 AM, starting at 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, and continuing down Hennepin to Loring Park.
For more information, visit www.tcpride.org.