Pride Fest June 14
The Network’s 25th annual Pride Festival returns to downtown Grand Rapids this year as a celebration to West Michigan’s commitment to unity and equality, and it’s sure to be a party you won’t want to miss.
The Pride Festival will be held in downtown Grand Rapids at the Calder Plaza from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. This family-friendly event will only cost $1 to enter, and the Parade of Pride will take place through downtown prior to the festival. April Deboer and Jayne Rowse, the Hazel Park couple who made headlines for suing the state because they can’t jointly adopt their three children, will be at the parade as the Grand Marshals.
The parade ends in the Calder Plaza, where you’ll find a variety of tents and vendors with food and drinks and activities for people of all ages, including a kid’s tent. Some of the entertainers include the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, 1:30-2:15 p.m.; Fundamentalist, 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Rachel Gleason, 3:30-4:15 p.m.; Waxines, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; Drag Show, 6-8 p.m.; Monica Parker, 8-9 p.m.; and PotatoBabies, 9-10 p.m.
The Network, volunteer-run and founded in 1988, has been committed to giving the West Michigan LGBT community a voice through advocacy, coalition and education for 25 years – and they definitely know how to throw a festival.
Learn more through grlgbt.org. –Erica Horoky