Pride Fest Milwaukee

Pride Fest MilwaukeePride Fest Milwaukee takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pride Fest Milwaukee 2012 dates – 8th to 10th June

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Belinda Carlisle
Friday headliner
Taylor Dayne – Saturday headliner


The History of Pride Fest Milwaukee

The first official Pride events were hosted by the Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee in 1988, complete with a softball tournament and picnic at Mitchell Park, a formal ball, town hall meeting with elected officials and a film festival. Several hundred people participated in the week-long events.

In 1994, the original MLGPC was dissolved and the new PrideFest was incorporated. Having outgrown the Juneau Park area, PrideFest moved to Veterans Park featuring exhibits, three stages, a few dozen craftspeople and vendors, and a full two days of activities. This was repeated for PrideFest ’95 with the addition of the “Light Up the Sky with Pride” pyrotechnic and laser light show. PrideFest was the first Pride event in the nation to host its own fireworks display.

The year 1996 found PrideFest moving again, this time to the spacious Henry W. Maier Festival Park, the best festival facility in the U.S. With permanent stages complete with professional lighting, food buildings, vendor pavilions and support from the staff of Milwaukee World Festivals, Inc., the managing body of the park, PrideFest joined 14 other festivals that used the park for their events. In fact, PrideFest had the distinct honor in 1996 of kicking off the festival season for Milwaukee, which has the unofficial slogan, “City of Festivals.” The hours were expanded to 2 days. Despite a stationary cold front, complete with driving torrential rains, 9,640 brave souls attended. The 1996 festival has been fondly remembered as “RainFest” ever since.

More information can be found on the official Pridefest website

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