Pride Festival Geared For Families

By KBJR News 1

September 3, 2011 Updated Sep 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM CDT

Hundreds have gathered in Duluth this weekend for the annual Pride Festival. Jordan Weinand was at Bayfront Park today and tells us what keeps people coming back every year.

Bay front Park was the backdrop for a 25th annual event that has as much pride as any of them.

"Today is the 25th anniversary of Duluth/ Superior Pride and it's the festival at Bay Front park and it's the seventh year here in Bay front park."

As folks file into the park, the sense of festivity is seen from the food being sold, the music being played and the children running around.

"This one is very family friendly. I mean if you look around we've got lots of people with kids and we have a lot of kid activities. We have a bouncy tent over there and we'll have face paintings and things so you'll see a lot of kids down here."

Duluth Resident Julie Flotten has been attending the Duluth/Superior pride weekend for the last few years and keeps coming for the activities available for her entire family.

"I'm not sure how family friendly it was in the past years, I think they've really worked on that. Recognizing that there are a lot of gay GLBT families in Duluth and in the surrounding area and that as people either adopt kids or have kids as families grow that we need things here as well."

The festival's history has dated back 25 years ago starting with only a few people getting together and growing into the event it is today. The laid back and easy atmosphere unites old and new alike.

"Good music, a lot of good company. People being themselves having a good time and just going around to the different booths and getting a lot of good information."

A pride Parade will fill the streets of Tower and Belknap tomorrow in Superior as the festival comes to a close. City Counselor Dan Hartman compiled a 25 year history exhibit of the festival which is on display at the event this year. The exhibit was made possible with money from a grant.