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Duluth Superior Pride announces 2022 schedule

Centered on Labor Day weekend, this year's festivities include a festival, a block party, a parade and more.

People wave rainbow flags while riding the Flame Nightclub float during the Duluth Superior Pride Parade on Sept. 5, 2021, in Superior.
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DULUTH — June is Pride month in the United States, but the party's just getting started in the Twin Ports.

Duluth Superior Pride has announced the schedule for its 36th year of celebration, with festivities centered on Labor Day weekend but spanning a full week: from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The festival is expanding from last year, when the event returned from COVID-19 cancellation but still faced limitations.

This year's activities include an art exhibition, a comedy show, a train ride, dance parties and drag shows — in addition to a Bayfront festival with live music, and a block party and parade in Superior. Family activities include a potluck and an all-ages drag show.

"We brought back some all ages, youth and family oriented events that we couldn’t support last year and added some brand-new ones as well," said Duluth Superior Pride co-chair Abby Gannon in a statement. "We’re also partnering with even more local businesses and are excited for all of the new things we have going on!"

Below are highlights of this year's Duluth Superior Pride. For a full schedule and updated information, see duluthsuperiorpride.com.


Tuesday, Aug. 30

Pre-Pride party at Vikre Distillery, 6-10 p.m. Drink specials and festive atmosphere.

Thursday, Sept. 1

Duluth Superior Pride Art Exhibition opens at Duluth Public Library, 10 a.m. Runs through Oct. 18 on the second floor of the downtown library, with an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

Duluth Superior Pride Art Exhibition opens at Zeitgeist (Duluth), 4 p.m. Runs through Sept. 30, with a reception Sept. 2. (See below).

Mayors' Opening Reception outside the Depot (Duluth), 5-7 p.m. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine officially kick things off.

Friday, Sept. 2

Drag Story Time at the Mount Royal library branch (Duluth), 10:15-10:45 a.m. A drag performer from Zenith City Horror shares stories, rhymes, music and movement for children and caregivers.

Youth Pride Dance at Life House Imaginarium (Duluth), 5-8 p.m. Dancing and pizza at an alcohol-free event for ages 14-20.

Happy hour at Canal Park Brewing (Duluth), 5:30-8 p.m. Lavender Magazine and Quorum host an event featuring adult beverages.

Meet the Artists reception at Zeitgeist (Duluth), 6-8 p.m.


Pride Comedy Night at Fitger's Spirit of the North Theatre (Duluth), hosted by The Boat Club, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. A ticketed comedy show.

Party X at the Duluth Flame Nightclub, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dancing and partying for ages 21 and older. $5 cover.

Flashback! dance and gear night at The Main Club (Superior), 10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Jesse spins jams from 1980-2010. $5 cover.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Duluth Superior Pride Festival in Bayfront Festival Park (Duluth), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. A free event with live entertainment on two stages; food and drink; games and exhibitors. Full lineup to be announced.

Superior Block Party at the Superior Flame and The Main Club, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. "Something for everyone" with a single cover ($10 at the door, $8 in advance at Bayfront event) for both bars.

Pride Drag Show at the Duluth Flame, 10 p.m. $5 cover.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Interfaith Worship Service at Peace United Church of Christ (Duluth), 9 a.m. Breakfast follows at 10:15 a.m.

Pride Parade down Tower Avenue in Superior, noon.


Family Gathering at Billings Park (Superior), 1-5 p.m. A potluck gathering with yard games and other entertainment.

Foo Foo Choo Choo at the Lake Superior Scenic Railroad (Duluth). A ticketed excursion that departs at 3:30 p.m., with pre-boarding party starting at 2 p.m.

Drag Show Fundraiser with the "Fierce" cast at The Main Club (Superior), 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5

All Ages Pride Drag Show at the Duluth Flame, 2 p.m. $5 cover for adults; kids are free. A family-friendly, alcohol-free drag show featuring "princesses, villains and many other characters."

Hundreds of people lined Tower Avenue in Superior on Sunday to watch and participate in the Duluth Superior Pride parade.

This story was updated at 9:54 a.m. Aug. 11 to correct the ending times of Party X and the Block Party, and to add mention of the Party X cover charge. It was originally posted at 4:59 p.m. Aug. 9. The News Tribune regrets the error.

Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at jgabler@duluthnews.com or 218-279-5536.
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