Festivals. Runs. Food trucks. Celebrate Pride Month across the Midwest with these virtual and in-person events.

By Amber Gibson
May 03, 2021
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30 Days of Pride
Credit: Capital City Pride

Capital City Pride, Des Moines This June, Des Moines will celebrate its LGBTQ+ community with 30 Days of Pride, a month-long celebration where Capital City Pride hosts one event per day. These events will adhere to social distancing guidelines and be family-focused. For the opening week, look forward to a ceremony sponsored by Kum & Go, a scavenger hunt, a comedy night sponsored by Teehee's, a drag brunch presented with The Hall and a pageant in partnership with The New Northwestern Social House.

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Columbus Pride

Columbus Pride The first Columbus Pride March in 1981 drew nearly 200 people. In recent years, the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and March has welcomed over 700,000 visitors, making it the fifth largest event in the United States. In 2021, Stonewall Columbus Pride will feature a virtual celebration of the city's LGBTQ+ community. A compilation of video submissions of individuals, organizations, and businesses marching to show their pride will be broadcasted starting June 19 at 9:30 a.m. Hotels, bars, and clubs citywide will stream the virtual showing on their screens, marking the 40th anniversary of the first parade through Ohio's capital city. Other Columbus pride events in the works include a poker run, bike ride, live entertainment and a virtual 5K.

Indy Pride The Indy Pride Festival, traditionally held the second week of June, will continue on a virtual platform to ensure the safety of the community. The festival will include entertainment, education, and opportunities to engage with vendors and community members on the Indy Pride website. The Indy Pride Parade is scheduled to be an in-person, live event on Saturday, October 2 during LGBTQ+ History Month.

Indy Pride parade and festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indy Pride activities
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Twin Cities Pride Look for a drive-through Pride Parade, a hybrid virtual and in-person gala and a hybrid 5K Rainbow Run on June 27. The run will start and end at Boom Island. Last year, more than 850 people participated.

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Twin Cities Pride Festival
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"The Pride celebration is important to so many people," says Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride. "After the last year, we are working to bring back some of the joy the event usually brings while trying everything possible to have an event in a Covid-safe manner. Holding some of the events in person is a first step, and we're hopeful that restrictions can ease by June, but planning for today, keeping our community safe from illness is our top priority."

Pride in the CLE Cleveland is celebrating June 4-5 with a virtual Pride event and also a socially distanced Pride Ride Saturday morning. Participants are encouraged to decorate bikes and cars, dress up and show off their pride while a caravan winds through local neighborhoods. Individuals should register early, since only 400 spots are available. Last year, the Pride Ride attracted more than 300 participants. The virtual Pride in the CLE, which highlights the works of local LGBTQ+ artists, musicians, and leaders, attracted more than 8,000 views across multiple streaming platforms.

"This year, we've seen the positive impacts of vaccinations in Cleveland but know there's still some work to do before we can all convene in-person safely," says Lauren Welch from the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. "With that, we're bringing the Pride Ride back for a second season and expanding our Pride in the CLE programming by airing a 30-minute segment on local station WKYC."

FM Pride FM Pride is known as one of the nation's largest rural pride celebrations, attracting attendees from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and even Canada. This year's celebrations will run from August 12-15, with community activities and services open to all, providing a safe environment for individuals to celebrate their relationships. Specific events will be announced later this summer.

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Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade
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Open Door Pride Door County, Wisconsin's annual pride celebration will be a virtual event featuring music performances, readings and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 26, with a live ceremony at noon at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.

Ypsi Pride Pride month kicks off in this Michigan spot on the first Friday of June with the First Fridays Ypsilanti monthly arts and culture walk. The celebrations continue every Friday in June with Pride-planned events themed around art, family and entertainment in downtown Ypsilanti on Washington Street. Entertainment will be live-streamed for those who prefer to enjoy from home. Pride is also planning a lunch gathering in a nearby park on Sunday, June 27.