East Central Minnesota Pride will present the 17th annual ‘Pride in the Park’ from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
The event will again be held in Robinson Park, downtown Pine City, and is a celebration of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) community of East Central Minnesota.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Growing in Pride” and, according to Don Quaintance who has helped plan the event since it began, “We have come a long way since our first picnic in the park. We’ve grown, thrived and increased the awareness and support of LGBTQ people living in small towns and rural parts of Minnesota.”
The event is free to attend and features a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors, live music, food, arts activities and entertainment. All are welcome to attend.
In working with East Central Minnesota Pride, the Minnesota Department of Health is impressed with the organization and wide involvement of so many community collaborators.
“From local chambers of commerce to arts councils to large corporations, our Pride builds a strong net of connection,” said Val Mondor, another event organizer.
The voters of Minnesota make this activity possible through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
More information can be found at www.EastCentralMinnesotaPride.org.