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Celebrating the LGBTQ Community in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Every summer, the Twin Cities flies the rainbow flag in a week-long festival. The height of the celebration is the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade (named in honor of a former organizer), but that is certainly not the end of the good times. Other events include Pride in Concert, a Rainbow Run 5K and a family picnic in Soldiers Memorial Field Park. The festival dates back to 1972, when approximately 50 gay and lesbian residents of the Twin Cities marched to memorialize the third anniversary of the famous Stonewall Riot in New York City. Since then, Twin Cities Pride has grown in size and variety of events. If you want to participate in the celebration, be sure to plan well ahead of time: The festival attracts visitors from throughout the United States and abroad. The organizers are able to provide detailed information on good places to stay, dine and party.

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