Ypsi Pride Block Party Doubles Local Entertainment 2nd Year in a Row

By |2018-05-29T16:04:32-04:00May 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Guides, Pride Guide|

Ypsi Pride is set to host their second annual block party in Downtown Ypsilanti on Friday, June 1. Ypsi Pride, a program of First Fridays Ypsilanti, brings two stages of lively, family-friendly local entertainment, a children’s area, outdoor beer gardens, food trucks, vendors and organizations to the North and Sout Washington Street blocks in Ypsilanti.
Pride flags will be coloring the streets, setting the backdrop for an evening of fun and entertainment for all. Ypsi Pride aspires to unite the people of Ypsilanti through a celebration of LGBTQ culture by reaffirming their visibility and inclusivity across this community.
Kayj Michelle, co-chair of the Ypsi Pride planning committee, said that she’s “stoked for the program expansion down South Washington Street, and the new partnerships” that have helped pride expand to the two-block festival that it has now become.
The two stages, hosted by local drag queens Tedi Rhinestone and Maxi Chanel, are scheduled
with local musicians, drag and burlesque artists and dancers. The Market Stage on South
Washington at the Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace boasts the talents of local drag artists and musicians, alongside a beer garden by Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse and Bell’s Brewery. The Pearl Stage on North Washington is booked with entertainment including local folk music artist Kate Peterson, Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque, drag artists and festival headliner and local funk band: The Register Project.
While festival attendees enjoy both blocks of entertainment, available also will be activities, vendors and food. Children’s activities will take place on both blocks, with a children’s activity area sponsored by Elements Preschool on South Washington. Vendors and local organizations will be lined up along blocks, and a variety of food trucks and vendors will have food for sale. The Ypsi Pride block party will be directly followed by a 21+ after party at Bona Sera Restaurant.
For more information, please see the Ypsi Pride social media @YpsiPride, or contact co-chair Elize Jekabson via email at [email protected]. Events will be happening on both N. and S. Washington St., on Friday, June 1, 2018.

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