Ferndale Pride has just announced details for its 2022 Pride celebration, set for Saturday, June 4, including an exciting entertainment lineup and several unique opportunities to join in the fun. For a second time, Flint native Tunde Olaniran will headline the Ferndale Project Main Stage and, for the first time, DJ Jace M will headline the Gage Cannabis DJ/Dance Stage.
“I was thrilled when I saw the entertainment committee‘s choices for this year’s lineup,” said Ferndale Pride President Julia Music. “The lineup features a wide range of talent from Michigan along with rising rap star Jackie Faye from Texas.”
“Tunde’s performances have always left me feeling like I have had a queer spiritual experience,” Music said.
So far, Olaniran has released two full-length albums, including 2015’s “Transgressor” and 2018’s “Stranger.” For his part, Jace M has built a reputation for himself around Metro Detroit as one of the region’s hottest DJs.
“Jace M is known throughout the area as the DJ that throws some of the best circuit parties,” said Music. “His strong sense of mixing and getting everyone dancing is a true gift.”
In addition to Olaniran and Jace M, other acts on the Gage Cannabis DJ/Dance Stage will include DJ TYLR, Werkout Plan, DJ Skyrah and Cherriel. Also on the Ferndale Project Main Stage, which will be emceed by Bentley James, will be Furillostar, Blow Pop, London Beck, Valerie the Vulture, LVRS, a freshman drag show, the Motor City Drag Kings and Faye.
The annual family-friendly street fair runs from 12:30 to 10 p.m. and is expected to draw thousands to celebrate diversity and unity. More than 180 vendors will participate in the street fair, which will run along West Nine Mile Road between Woodward and Livernois Avenues as well as portions of Planavon and Allen Streets near West Nine Mile Road. Organizers thank fundraising efforts and their sponsors for being able to keep Pride free.
There will be a children’s area, alcohol-free activities and a Sensory Zone sponsored by Hometown Restaurants for folks who need a sensory break and space to relax.
Proceeds from Ferndale Pride 2022 will benefit Affirmations Detroit – Affirmations, Ferndale Community Foundation, Gender-identity Network Alliance, Matrix Human Services MAC Health, TGDetroit and Transgender Michigan.