The Gay Pride Festival and Parade in Minneapolis has become a colorful, celebrated part of every summer. This year, some Golden Valley residents want to capture part of the festival spirit and bring it to Golden Valley.
"I wanted an event that was a little less intense than that can be and a little more family friendly," says Peter Knaeble, chair of Golden Valley Pride, who has been working on establishing a festival in the suburbs since last fall. "I learned that Golden Valley had a high percentage of LGBT families and households in the state of Minnesota and I thought it would be an appropriate place to begin."
The city is not sponsoring the festival, but city officials like Golden Valley City Council member Joanie Clausen are supporting it. Clausen serves on the Golden Valley Pride committee.
"We have such a large number of gay families and couples in Golden Valley and I think we need to embrace that," says Clausen. "It's just exciting and I think people are really excited about it."
Committee members started a website
and a Facebook page
to gain momentum and raise money to pay for the festival. They are still actively seeking sponsors.
Festivities planned include an interfaith church service on June 12, and then an afternoon of family-friendly activities at Brookview Park. Knaeble says there could be more than 20 informational booths, plus live music, food trucks and bouncy houses.
"If city residents come and support it, they will show that they are proud of their city and proud of people that live here and the diversity here," says Knaeble, who hopes the community not only welcomes the festival, but embraces it.
Shannon Slatton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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April 21, 2016