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Join the PrideFest Family of Weekend Volunteers

Volunteers are needed all weekend long to help in a variety of areas, such as ticket scanning at the gate, security checks, assisting patrons at the info booth, and more!

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Nominations Open for Milwaukee Pride Plus One Program

We here at Milwaukee Pride, Inc., are proud to announce that the PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 nominations for our single largest reinvestment initiative are now open.

Nominate YOUR favorite community organization to be the recipient of the Plus One Program at PrideFest Milwaukee 2020.

For the last six years, when festival goers purchased a ticket for Pridefest (either online or at the gate) they were offered the option to donate extra funds to the Plus One recipient. By doing so, several organizations over the years have been granted much needed funds to help with any organizational needs.

Efforts in 2019 awarded the UW-Milwaukee LGBTQ+ Resources Center over $21,000 in funding. Many, many thanks goes towards the incredibly generous community at large. You make a difference. Whatever is raised, is matched by Milwaukee Pride.

Do you have a worthy organization in mind? A group you feel would benefit greatly with extra funding? A service, you feel needs more exposure? Let us know by filling out the form below.

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It’s YOUR time to SHINE

Last year, PrideFest called on you to RISE! and remember the activism and bravery of the Stonewall uprising and the birth of the pride movement. This year, we want you to SHINE!

PrideFest wants the immense talent and spirit of our community to be on full display in 2020. If you have always wanted to show the world what you can do, we’re ready for you.

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to dance ON STAGE in the Dance Pavilion at PrideFest Milwaukee?

Well, consider yourself one step closer to making that happen.

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PrideFest 2020 Save The Date

PrideFest Milwaukee breaks attendance records for 8th consecutive year

Volunteers celebrate historic Pride Month in Milwaukee, New York

Milwaukee Pride, Inc., nonprofit parent of PrideFest Milwaukee, reports record-breaking attendance for the 2019 festival, held June 6-9 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

This year’s total confirmed festival attendance was 45,787, an increase of +1% over the 2018 total of 45,400.

The increase is especially significant, following this year’s cost-conscious decision to reduce Sunday hours and footprint in response to a three-year downtrend. These choices allowed festival operators and visitors to attend the largest Milwaukee Pride Parade in history, which also broke records with 133 parade entries.

The 2nd Annual Ride with Pride, presented in partnership with Harley-Davidson, also broke previous year records.  This year saw 300 riders participate in the world’s largest LGBTQ-themed motorcycle run, which roared through Milwaukee streets on Saturday, June 8.

This year’s PrideFest Plus One Campaign, benefiting future LGBTQ leaders via the UWM LGBT Resource Center, raised a record-breaking $10,419 in donations.  Milwaukee Pride will match these donations for a total gift of $20,838.  Since 2012, the PrideFest Plus One Campaign has raised over $60,000 for critical community causes.

“We are filled with gratitude for the unprecedented support from PrideFest Milwaukee visitors,” said Jennifer Murray, director of the UWM LGBT Resource Center. “By investing in the UW-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center, you are helping us create a safer and more inclusive campus and the community at large through educational workshops, events fostering personal expression and outreach-based programming.”

“We look forward to furthering visibility for LGBTQ communities through education, programming and outreach on our campus and beyond. Thank you for investing in the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.”

The festival received significant local and national media coverage, including the festival’s first appearance on NBC’s Today Show, an extensive photo gallery in The Advocate, and an event recap on the Harley-Davidson corporate blog.

From Milwaukee Pride to WorldPride

For the first time ever, Milwaukee was represented at WorldPride 2019 among over 250 pride organizations worldwide. WorldPride, held this year in New York City in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, attracted over 4 million visitors.

Milwaukee Pride was proud to send a delegation of four volunteers to the event.  Delegates networked with Interpride members, attended speeches and presentations, and walked in the New York Pride March, now recognized as the largest pride parade in history.

Volunteers from the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project also attended key WorldPride activities, including a reunion of Stonewall Uprising survivors on Friday, June 28 and the first-ever Queer Liberation March on Sunday, June 30.

WorldPride and Pride Month 2019 concluded with closing ceremonies in Times Square — and Milwaukee Pride was there to support it!

Changing times

PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 was the swan song for veteran board member Michail Takach, who has resigned from the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors and his role as Vice President of Communications.  Since 2010, Michail has served Milwaukee Pride in a variety of brand marketing, PR, education and outreach roles.

Please join us in thanking Michail for his many contributions. He will continue to support Milwaukee Pride’s Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project as an author and curator.

2020 Festival Timeline

Planning for PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 is already under way!  Sponsors, entertainers, merchants, food and beverage vendors, and volunteers are encouraged to contact info@milwaukeepride.org for 2020 timeline information.

The dates for PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 will be announced this fall.

Wom!nz Spot features Milwaukee’s finest female hip hop artists

shleberry_pridefest_milwaukeeCheck out the Hip Hop Showcase Saturday, June 8 at 9:00 p.m.! [Read more…]

Jinkx Monsoon joins the Dance Pavilion line-up!

jinkx_monsoon_pridefest_milwaukeeJinkx Monsoon appears at the Dance Pavilion on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with additional performances throughout the night. [Read more…]

Friday, June 7: Rainbow Revolution Burlesque

Don’t miss the Rainbow Revolution Burlesque show at the Rainbow Stage on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. [Read more…]

Friday, June 7: L(ocal)GBTQ Comedy Showcase

jason_hillman_pridefest_milwaukeeThe L(ocal)GBTQ Comedy Showcase hits the Rainbow Stage Friday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m.  [Read more…]