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As pride month kicks off, Ypsilanti residents can gear up to celebrate the LGBTQ inclusivity in the city via the third annual Ypsi Pride happening on Friday, June 7, from 5 to 10 p.m. And, as organizer’s put it, “Y’all aren’t ready for what we have put together.”
“We are so excited [so] come celebrate with us and the community,” wrote organizers. “This year we’re bringing an amazing lineup of Entertainment for the 3rd Annual Ypsi Pride.”
Occurring on Washington Street in the city’s downtown, attendees can expect a robust schedule of speakers and performers including a speech by Mayor Beth Bashert, Kate Peterson, Flex & Flow, Child Sleep, Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque (KDQB), Abigail Stauffer, Pearl Street Drag Review, fire performers, Furrillostar, DJ FreshMyint, OutLoud Chorus and Soultry.
In addition to that lineup and more, First Friday Ypsilanti is a self-guided monthly art walk that is hosted throughout Ypsi’s downtown in which participating venues offer free art activities involving local artists and musicians. This attributes to 2019 Ypsi Pride, too.
“Every June, First Fridays Ypsilanti celebrates Ypsi’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community,” event organizers wrote. “We do this by providing the tools and leadership to a group of volunteers that organize one of Ypsilanti’s biggest and unique events, Ypsi Pride. We also encourage our venues to highlight lgbtq+ artists, musicians, businesses, and themes. This year we have 16 lgbtq related events out of 41 total events.”
Scattered across the city will be events of all kind ranging from the Washington Street block party; a free game of flat-track roller derby with Ann Arbor Roller Derby; a photography exhibit by Dan Plummer; live music, DJ and dancing at 734 Brewing Company; an exclusive pride bar at Bona Sera Restaurant and more. A full list of events can be found online at the First Fridays Ypsilanti Facebook page.