PrideFest Celebrates 25 Years of LGBT Diversity, Culture and Community
Milwaukee pride is pretty much off the hook, if you haven’t experienced it, you really should!
The festival season in Milwaukee kicks off with color with PrideFest, the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride festival in Wisconsin. Join the festivities June 8-10, with entertainment from dancing to film screenings, arts and culture displays, shopping, historical exhibits, the new Wom!nz Spot Lounge and Cafe and more.
Entertainment high kicks off Friday evening with The 2012 PrideFest Drag Show, a showcase of talent and style from Symphony Alexander-Love, Harmony Breeze, “First Lady of Milwaukee” Jackie Roberts, Milwaukee Drag Icon, Shannon Dupree and more. Headliners throughout the weekend include Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s, Taylor Dayne, Ronnie Nyles and Tallulah Who and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn.
The Pump Works Dance Arena will have a new “steamy” theme, the Stonewall Stage will feature intimate performances and discussions relevant to the LGBT community and the Health & Wellness area, Children’s Amphitheater and Arts & Culture Building will round out the entertainment lineup with something for everybody including screenings from the 2011 Milwaukee LGCT Film Festival. PrideFest will also feature a historical exhibit celebrating 25 years of pride in Milwaukee, dating back to the first “Gay Pride Week” in Milwaukee during January in 1971.
The New PrideFest Wom!nz Spot Lounge and Cafe is an environment? designed by women for women. Located on the South end of the grounds, the Wom!nz Spot offers a covered, open air floor space to enjoy great female artists including LeAnna Eden, prestigious drag performance troupe, The BrewCity Boiz and Babez, folk-rock duo, 2 Girlz and the empowering, self-expression of The Miltown Kings.
Don’t miss the 2012 Group Relationship Celebration in honor of PrideFest’s 25th anniversary to finish off the weekend on Sunday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. where clergy will lead a service and blessing for all.
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So this is a video from last year, the quality is pretty poor, but it looks like a wicked good time!