Celebrating all that is Pride and “love for all” at Duluth-Superior Pride Festival

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Music, drag shows, vendors, and more take over Bayfront Park as the Duluth-Superior Pride Festival continues with “love for all” being displayed by everyone.

“It feels amazing. I did not expect so many people to be queer in Duluth. I feel like I never see anyone. So to see such an amazing community of people altogether; it feels amazing,” said Taylor Grosset as she attended her first pride festival.

The event has come a long way since it kicked off 36 years ago. The Transgender Podcast member Ana Kruger shares how the event has changed since she started attending it when she was young.

“The event itself has evolved a lot since I have been attending. I think we have about 100 vendors out here, whereas in years prior, we had only about 50. So think of it like doubling the amount of people we have out here, and we also have a lot more diversity in the organization’s pride.”

With more vendors on display this year, more people have the chance to check out a business that is owned and or supports the community.

“I feel like it is really important, and I feel like if anything, it is more of a statement maybe when you might support a business that kind of targets a specific group of people. You know; I feel like it is important in general to show them love and support, whether it is just a small business or, like you said, just like a business that supports LGBT people.”

Pride festival provides people the opportunity to express themselves and allows people to come and learn about the LGBT Plus community and grow together.

“Yes, I definitely think that the conversation that needs to be happening is Duluth is also a place where people can come and celebrate and be themselves and have a fun party every year to celebrate their queer identity, to celebrate their trans identity, to celebrate whatever they want to bring, says Kruger. This is the time where we all get together and have a fun party and just kind of celebrate ourselves and celebrate everybody else around us.”