The LGBTQ capital of Minnesota is ready for its Pride celebrations

The Golden Valley Pride Festival will be held on Sunday.
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Did you know that Golden Valley is the LGBTQ capital of Minnesota?

While Minneapolis gets all the glory with its well established gay scene and highly publicized Pride parade, the western metro suburb is building its own traditions.

Sunday marks the third annual Pride Festival in a city with more LGBTQ residents per capita than any other in Minnesota.

It's a stat the city's gay community is proud of, and prompted a group of volunteers to organize the first Pride Festival at Brookview Park in 2016.

Claiming it as the first suburban Pride festival in Minnesota, the event seeks to highlight "our LGBTQ families, their friends, and allies in the spirit of promoting greater understanding of Golden Valley’s rich and growing diversity."

They'll be hoping that Saturday's event will follow the growth trend it's seen in its first two years.

The first event was attended by around 3,000 people, which increased to 5,000 for its 2017 festival.

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What you'll find at the festival

Brookview Park will be a hive of activity suitable for all the family, with entertainment laid on including bouncy houses, community booths, giant Jenga, and corn hole.

There will be a smattering of food trucks at the park too, including brat experts New Bohemia, Milton's, Panini Pinups, Outlaw Grill, MN Nice Cream, WildEarth Woodfire Pizza, Potter's Pasties, the Heavy Metal Grill and Gastrotruck.

For the adults, Utepils Brewing Co. will be serving craft beer, while Cedar Lake Wine has you covered vino-wise.

Live music throughout the day includes Salsa del Soul, OutLoud! from the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, and the Roxxy Hall Band.

It gets underway at noon Sunday and finishes from 6 p.m.

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