Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Things got underway on Thursday with the Mayor's Reception at the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts center in Duluth.
Mayor Don Ness welcomed visitors and Northlanders, alike, to the festival, which was accompanied by live music, and other festivities.
According to former Duluth City Council member, Jeff Anderson, the support that both Duluth and Superior officials offer to the GLBTQ community shows that both cities are open, and welcoming.
"Having them speak out against the anti–marriage amendment [is a] thing that [is] very important to the GLBT community, but very important to the community as a whole," said former Duluth City Councilman Jeff Anderson.
A pride parade, train ride, block party, and film festival will all take place in the Northland before the Pride Festival is finished, next week.