It's Pride. It's live. And it will be big and splashy, just like every Motor City Pride Festival.
So says Dave Wait, chairperson of Motor City Pride. The annual festival and parade was originally slated for this weekend on June 6 and 7 in Hart Plaza, but was been postponed to accommodate the governor's "stay home, stay safe" order to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"Pride is a huge deal for so many people. It brings us together," Wait said. "So our Pride committee and a talented team of volunteers have created Pride Live — a 2-hour virtual celebration loaded with performances by festival favorites and special appearances by community leaders.
"This is not a replacement for our Pride festival, but rather an opportunity to engage with our community in a creative, meaningful way as plans for our physical festival continue to evolve," he continued.
The first-ever Motor City Pride Virtual Event will be live-streamed on June 6, 2020, from 3 to 5 p.m. on motorcitypride.org and also posted for viewing after the event.
Pride Live will be hosted by entertainer and activist Sabin; Khaos Talks and CDC Ambassador and Ka'Juan Hill; poet, comic and Go Girl Saugatuck! Founder Mimi Gonzalez; and motivational speaker and activist Jey'nce Poindexter. The performers slated to appear include Chris Canas, Dani Darling, J. Santino, Laura Rain & the Caesars, Rocky Wallace, The Band Mint, The Gasoline Gypsies and TreyNova.
In addition, to live entertainment, the multi-channel experience will include a Pride History section, a virtual marketplace, an art exploration area, user-generated content via social media platforms, online community resources and messages from LGBT Detroit, Equality Michigan, Affirmations, the Ruth Ellis Center and more.
Visit motorcitypride.org for more information about the event.