Duluth Superior Pride Fest wraps up with no protesters two years in a row

By KBJR News 1

August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 10:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Organizers say the Duluth Superior Pride Festival has wrapped up its second year since it started 28 years ago with no protesters.

Earlier Sunday dozens of festival goers had lined up at the Depot, in Duluth, to board the popular Foo Foo Choo Choo ride up the North Shore.

At the same time, others were boarding the Vista Fleet for the Fruit Float Boat Cruise.

Pride Co–Chair Matt Reeves says people from across the Midwest came to the Northland this year for the festival.

He says the legalization of gay marriage has helped shape the way people discuss GLBTQ rights in Minnesota.

But Reeves adds that, other than being a fun time, pride festivals still aim to be a safe haven for those struggling with their identities.

"There are still people struggling with their gender identity, with their sexuality, with who they are as a human," said Reeves, 'and yes, it's legal to get married, but there's a lot of steps that go into just coming out."

This year's festival wrapped up at the Main Club, in Superior, with the popular Drag Show Fundraiser.

Billy Wagness