LANSING – The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride events at the Michigan Capitol produced by Michigan Pride will be Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.
As always the weekend will kick off with a Comedy Show and close with a free dance party in the heart of Lansing’s Old Town District. The Capitol Rally, which aims to draw attention to issues affecting the LGBT community, will feature statewide leaders and politicians who will highlight to most critical needs of this community.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005
PRIDE COMEDY SHOW staring Rene Hicks. This year the Comedy Show will take place at Brannigan Brothers Restaurant, 210 S. Washington Square just blocks from the Capitol. Cocktails begin at 7:30 p.m., show and dinner at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance through the Michigan Pride website or $15 at the door. This event is made possible in part by support from Gay Fuel and Absolut. All proceeds will benefit Michigan Pride.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2005
10 a.m. – FESTIVAL OPENS in Lansing’s Riverfront Park, located on Grand Ave. between Shiawassee and Saginaw streets. There is a $5 suggested donation at the gate.
12 NOON – PRIDE MARCH LINE-UP begins along Grand Ave. at the Festival site, floats and vehicles are subject to a $25 registration fee and proof of insurance.
1 p.m. – PRIDE MARCH STEP-OFF for the Capitol steps.
2 p.m. – LGBT CIVIL RIGHTS RALLY at the Capitol steps.
2:30 p.m. – CAPITOL COMMITMENT CEREMONY hosted by Reconciliation MCC of Grand Rapids. Registration is free and can be done during the Rally.
2:30 p.m. – FESTIVAL STAGE OPENS. Rene Hicks will MC. Entertainment includes:
2:30 p.m. Lazy Sunday
3:30 p.m. Eric Himan
4:30 p.m. Ember Swift
6 p.m. Melissa Ferrick
9 p.m. – DANCING IN THE STREETS. This free dance party opens in Lansing’s Old Town on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Turner Streets. 18 and over admitted with proper I.D.