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Joy-Fueled Defiance at Motor City Pride and Ferndale Pride — See the Video!

Streets were packed for two weekends of LGBTQ+ celebrations

Sarah Bricker Hunt

Colorful throngs of 2024 Michigan Pridegoers filled the streets of Ferndale on June 1 and downtown Detroit June 8 and 9 to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community — both events were a joy-fueled act of defiance against ongoing political attacks across the country.

“It was a beautiful day all around,” Ferndale Pride event chair Julia Music told Pride Source. “We knew it would be busy when such a large crowd gathered for opening ceremonies, and it just grew from there. Wreckno and Holographic did Michigan proud as headliners packing both stages. Motor City Drag Kings put together the highest level of title-holding performers on our stage in history, as well. Thank you to the community for volunteering and coming out to celebrate with us!” Music estimates around 30,000 people gathered within the cozy streets of Ferndale for the big event.

Ferndale Pride Photos

Dave Wait, chair for Motor City Pride, told Pride Source, “I am overjoyed to announce that last week's festival was the largest and most successful event in our history. It was a remarkable celebration for our LGBTQIA+ community, uniting people and providing an inclusive space for all. We were honored to have Senator Debbie Stabenow serve as our Grand Marshal in the largest parade we've ever had. This year's festival featured over 250 entertainers and introduced a new Health Village, offering crucial access to inclusive healthcare resources. The sense of community and support was truly inspiring, and I am immensely proud of what our team of volunteers at Motor City Pride has achieved together."

While final figures are still being tallied, Wait said at least 70,000 attendees enjoyed Motor City Pride in 2024.



Motor City Pride Photos

Wait said that during the Motor City Pride, Sen. Stabenow received the loudest cheers of any entry when she was announced at the parade's viewing area. Headliners included "Britain's Got Talent" star Loren Allred and genderfluid pop singer Kyle Dion.




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