Join us at Opening Ceremonies Friday, June 10

pridefestmilwaukee_openingdayPrideFest offers FREE admission from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10 for the 30th Annual Opening Ceremonies.

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. invites guests to celebrate the opening of PrideFest 2016, the 30th consecutive celebration of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ culture and community, and our 20th anniversary at Henry W. Maier Festival Park.

In honor of these milestones, we will offer complimentary admission from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. so that guests may attend Opening Ceremonies free of charge.

baldwinOpening ceremonies begin at 3:00 p.m. sharp in the PrideFest Milwaukee Dance Pavilion and will end promptly at 4:00 p.m.

We are excited to welcome United States Senator Tammy Baldwin as our keynote speaker. Senator Baldwin, the first openly gay (or LGBT) Senator in US history, has long been a champion for LGBTQ people and equality for women, people of color and historically underrepresented communities. She brings a unique perspective in the fight for equality, having served in elected office since 1986.

We are also pleased to welcome Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. County Executive Abele has been a committed supporter of the LGBTQ community throughout his personal and professional life. In 2014, he kept the Milwaukee County Courthouse open over the weekend for same-sex couples to marry, following the landmark ruling that overturned Wisconsin’s ban on marriage equality.chrisabele

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. is proud to present the 2016 Pride Awards, which will be awarded to three honorees:

– Susan Seiler of PFLAG Milwaukee
Alverno Gay-Straight Alliance
Wisconsin LGBT Workplace Alliance

We will also recognize Ash Whitaker of Kenosha, Wisconsin with our first-ever Valor Award, which celebrates an individual who has fought to advance a critical community cause despite great resistance, obstacle or adversity. Ash Whitaker, a high school student, recently partnered with the Transgender Law Center to file a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education regarding his school system’s trans-exclusionary policies.

princeexperience_pridefestmilwaukeeWe will also welcome esteemed guests from the United Ethnic Festivals, Summerfest, our #ProudPartners, sponsors, donors and volunteers, as well as our VIP Weekend Experience winner James Mielke and our PrideFest Plus One beneficiary, the Healing Center of Milwaukee.

The national anthem will be performed by Gabriel Sanchez ofThe Prince Experience.

Please join us in celebrating these community heroes — and launching an exciting weekend of friends, family and fun at PrideFest Milwaukee 2016!

*Reentry handstamps will only be offered between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.*

 

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