PrideFest – Milwaukee – 2016

It’s about expression of #Pride. This is something that can be done in one’s daily life, but never have I seen so many people expressing their right to be who they are and be proud of it than PrideFest.

PrideFest Milwaukee is held on the Summerfest grounds. Summerfest is hailed as the world’s largest music festival. Not only is PrideFest the opportunity to show one’s pride, it is the kick off of the Milwaukee festival season.
Day one saw the opening ceremonies on Friday afternoon followed by a non-stop calendar of events lasting all weekend. I headed over Friday night to the Dance Pavilion and caught the end of The Jumpsmokers’ set. The crowd was wide and full of people dancing! Sarah Silverman entertained the crowd Friday night at the Miller Lite Stage.
It was a very warm day on Saturday (it can actually be cold in Milwaukee in June!), but the crowds came out. Featured that afternoon were the health and wellness booths so area organizations could get their messages out to the community.
As a lover of dance music, Saturday night was my personal favorite with DJ Chris Cox for his second year in a row! I was able to sit down and talk to him. Check out the interview here: link.
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Unfortunately, the weekend was a bit rattled by the events in Orlando. Attendance Sunday saw increased security measures and a sort of sadness and solidarity in the air. If anything, those events inspired and brought out more Pride in people than it extinguished. We pull through as a community and always come out stronger. PrideFest also received a write-up from The Advocate.
Photo Credit: Milwaukee Pride

Photo Credit: Milwaukee Pride. This is city hall’s display after the tragedy in Orlando.

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Image Credit – Milwaukee Pride

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