For those in the center and west sides of the state who missed the pride gatherings in Metro Detroit, they’re in luck. This weekend, both Lansing and Grand Rapids will be hosting their own versions of pride. Here is BTL’s breakdown of events for the two event for those who are interested in going.
Held in the heart of Lansing’s Old Town district, Michigan Pride officially starts on Saturday, June 16 at noon, but it will have its kick-off white party on Friday, June 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Held by Spiral-DanceBar all white attire is encouraged and guests will be charged a $10 cover to attend. the party will feature drag performances, go-go dancers, a photo booth and more. The next day, alongside its regular pride festivities, Lansing residents are encouraged to register to vote.
“Michigan has some major elections coming up. The first step in making sure your voice is heard is registering to vote! Come find the Clerk’s tent at Pride on June 16 and we can get you registered,” said event organizers. “If you have any questions, or would like us to do voter registration at your event please contact our office at 517-483-4131.”
The remainder of pride will last until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and guests are charged $10 for an all-day wristband pass. The pet-friendly event will be held on Old Town’s main drag of Turner Street, stretching from Dodge River Drive to Cesar Chavez Ave. More information can be found on the events Facebook page.
Grand Rapids Pride
In celebration of the event’s 30th anniversary, Grand Rapids Pride is pulling out all the stops for its June 16 event. From Noon to 10 p.m., festival-goers will gather at Calder Plaza, located at 300 Monroe Ave. Northwest in Grand Rapids. There, they can see headliners EnVogue, Betty Who and David Hernandez. Tickets range in cost from $8 — which provides a general admission ticket — to $50 — VIP tickets include admission to all scheduled entertainment at the festival and access to a VIP lounge with access to finger food and a complimentary drink.
“All proceeds support the work of the Grand Rapids Pride Center, an organization that has since 1988 been empowering the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids through social and support groups, education and advocacy,” said event organizers.
More information about ticketing can be found online at eventbrite.com, and about headliners at grpride.org.