Skip to main content

Pride Festival 2013: less political rally, more of a party


Revelers at the 41st annual Pride Festival in Minneapolis said the event this year was especially joyous as they celebrated a vote in the state Legislature to legalize gay marriage, as well as two U.S. Supreme Court rulings seen as victories for same-sex couples.

Official attendance numbers were not immediately available, but the event traditionally draws 300,000, the Star Tribune reported. Perhaps more than 500,000 were expected this year, FOX 9 reports.

FOX reported that a top attraction this year was the Wedding Showcase for same-sex couples planning their nuptials. Minnesota will allow gay marriages beginning Aug. 1.

While last year felt more like a rally, this year it was much more of a party, revelers told WCCO.

The festival culminated Sunday with a 130-float parade. The grand marshal was former Vikings punter and outspoken gay-rights activist Chris Kluwe.

The images tell the story – check out slideshows from WCCO and KARE 11.

Here's video from FOX:



Next Up

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 5-0 with win over Jacksonville

The Gophers are establishing momentum early in the season.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's massive slam leads Timberwolves to fifth straight win

The dunk didn't count, but provided the highlight of the night.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

WIld arrive late, Cam Talbot stays on point to beat Devils

Despite a 30-minute delay, the Wild picked up a 3-2 victory.

Screen Shot 2021-11-24 at 4.10.54 PM

Appeal to find 35-year-old missing from Oak Grove home

Police say he's not believed to be in danger.

vote, election

7 MN Republicans urge states to audit 2020 election results

There has been no evidence of significant fraud in any single U.S. state.

child vaccine pexels

How many MN kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?

The governor says the state has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the U.S.

police lights

Seven juveniles arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Woodbury

Woodbury authorities have issued a warning following a spate of auto thefts.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

1 dead after driver crashes into stalled vehicle on shoulder

The vehicle stopped on the side of the road was unoccupied at the time.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Update: Vikings say Griffen is out of his home, 'getting the care he needs'

After hours in his residence, the 33-year-old exited "without incident," the team said.

The search involved several local public safety agencies, including a State Patrol helicopter unit and a K9 team.

Woman, 22, dies in crash just outside Brainerd

Another woman was injured in the collision.