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Twin Ports pride on display this weekend

Duluth-Superior Pride holds its 28th annual Labor Day weekend festival. Events run through Sunday with the festival taking place Saturday in Bayfront Park.

Many of these events are family friendly and free. The weekend celebrates equality, tolerance and compassion for all people, regardless of sexual orientation.

Be sure to look for the rainbow colors on Enger Tower through Saturday night.

Friday

A free poetry reading — an all ages, alcohol free event for local writers — begins at 6 p.m. at Jitter’s Coffee House, 102 W. Superior St., Duluth.

Saturday

The eighth annual Hummingbird Family 5K Fun Run/Walk begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. start on the Western Lake Superior Waterfront Trail, 7408 Grand Ave., Duluth. Costumes and lots of color is strongly encouraged. Register anytime at the Duluth-Superior Pride website. Same-day registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. on the race day at the Waterfront Trail. The cost for the race entry with t-shirt is $20; kids age 11 and under race free with the optional t-shirt for $10.

Pride Festival in the Park runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth. There will be two beer tents, an exciting group of exhibitors and vendors, and games and activities for children and families. There is also first ever craft beer tent featuring Bent Paddle Brewing Company and Sociable Cider Werks. The event is filled with music and entertainment including Steve Grand, Svet, Branden James, Cheesa and Ariana & the Rose Local talent includes Meliante, Minnesota Ballet, Flame Dancers, Rachael Kilgour and speakers, Ken Browell and Kathy Heltzer.

The free Pride Historical Collection is available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bayfront Park, Duluth. Curated by Dan Hartman and Margie Nelson, it features over 28 years of history in the Twin Ports.

Pride’s Block Party, which does have a cover charge, runs 8 p.m. to midnight at the Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave. and the Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., in Superior. The $10 cover charge gives entry to both bars all night, payable at the door of either bar. Wristbands can be purchased at the festival for only $8 and means no waiting in line. The entire door charge goes to Duluth-Superior Pride, which helps keep the festival free each year. The Main Club brings you a live DJ spinning throughout the night. Music begins at 9 p.m. The Flame Nightclub hosts an outdoor party.

Sunday

Free worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W. College St., Duluth.

Pride Parade begins at noon on Tower Avenue and winds toward Belknap Street. Line up runs 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Broadway Street.

Fruit Float boat cruise starts at 3:15 p.m. at Vista Fleet, 323 Harbor Drive, Duluth. The cost is $40 per ticket, and participants must be 21 or older. This rowdy, original and highly-animated ride is the highlight of the weekend’s festivities with food, frocks, leather and laughs provided. Music provided by David Vipond. Grab a drink from the cash bar and strap on your dinghy for our gay version of a three-hour tour. The boat departs at 3:45 p.m. sharp.

Foo Foo Choo Choo pre-boarding party starts at 2 p.m. at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth. The ride departs at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and participants must be 21 or older. Join the fun for a three-hour scenic train ride up the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. This is an annual party with food, cash bar, live DJ, dancing and amazing views while you travel on the rails of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Free food provided in part by Sammy’s Pizza, serving roasted chicken, classic Sammy’s pizza and Caesar salad. The train is not handicap accessible.

Annual Drag Show Fundraiser starts at 8 p.m. at the Main Club. This annual event raises money for those living with HIV/AIDS in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Door proceeds and donations go directly to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS in our region and provide awareness and prevention programs. Come see the big hair and fantastic frocks. Cover is $5.

For information or tickets, go to www.dspride.com.

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