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Twin Cities Pride is going ahead in July this year – but no parade

The in-person event will be held in Loring Park in Minneapolis.
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Twin Cities Pride Festival is a go this year. 

Event organizers said Friday the 49th annual event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community will be held in-person at Loring Park in Minneapolis July 17-18. 

“We are thrilled with the governor’s new guidance affecting events,” Executive Director Dot Belstler said in a release. “It means large outdoor events, including our largest fundraiser, the Pride Festival, can happen again! Our primary concern is for the health of the LGBTQ+ community, which is more likely to be affected by COVID and other health concerns, so there will be some modifications to the traditional layout.”

This year's event will feature BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, a beer garden and music stages, with booths spread further apart to allow for social distancing.

However, there won't be the big Saturday night concert and fireworks display due to time constraints, a news release says. And a parade is "not planned at this time."

Those who attend will be encouraged to follow COVID safety guidelines and the Minnesota Department of Health is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on-site during the two-day festival. 

“We can’t wait to see you, so please stay well, get vaccinated, and lend a hand if you are able. We appreciate your patience as we move through the next couple of months. Thank you!” said Belstler. 

The festival will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.

Other Pride events include the Grand Marshal MASK-queerade and Art Show on June 17, the Family Fun DAy on June 20 and the Rainbow Run on June 27. The event website is here

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