Inaugural Pride Festival Coming to Downtown Muskegon

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Muskegon Pride Center, in partnership with JCI Greater Muskegon, will celebrate Muskegon's first LGBTQIA2S+ friendly festival on June 4.

Organizers of the inaugural festival say the event will spotlight LGBTQIA2S+ owned businesses, artists, performers, and supporters to celebrate the Muskegon area's diverse and welcoming community.

"I am so excited to be able to have a hand in making a celebration for pride that not only the city is allowing us to have, but wanting to participate in," said Jeffrey Pienela, president of Muskegon Pride Center. "This is not just a pride celebration showcasing being proud of who we are, but a showcase to celebrate the entire community coming together with acceptance and love."

The all-day event will begin with a business and organization fair with over 40 vendors on Western Avenue from Jefferson to Third Street from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Vendors will include local small businesses, nonprofits and community agencies offering services to all event attendees.

"I am very excited and honored to be a part of this amazing event!" said Michael Ramsey, City Commissioner Ward III for City of Muskegon. "The representation and inclusion that it provides for all of our neighbors is unmeasurable. Regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity—EVERYONE IS WELCOME!"

Live music, drag performances, poetry and children's activities will take place at the Social Sandbox on the corner of Second Street and Western Avenue throughout the day. Headlining the Social Sandbox is DeJa Skye, a finalist in this year's season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The festivities will continue with a drag show by Doll House Productions at Unruly Brewing at 8:30 p.m.

Those who are interested in being a vendors and/or sponsor can contact Jeffrey Pienela at [email protected].

Learn more at Muskegon Pride Festival.

Courtesy of West Michigan Woman.

 Photo courtesy of Muskegon Pride Festival.

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