Motor City Pride 2011 (June 4 & 5th in Hart Plaza)

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    Feb 24, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    Announcing:

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    Equality Michigan is excited to announce that Motor City Pride will be honoring its heritage by holding the 2011 festival in Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan on June 4 and 5, 2011. Twenty-five years ago, the first pride march in Michigan was held in Downtown Detroit; we will celebrate that march by bringing the festival to Detroit. There is something truly energizing, exciting and empowering about holding Motor City Pride at such a prominent location as Hart Plaza because it solidifies the notion of LGBT people as contributing members of our larger community. It also demonstrates the strength, vitality and unity of our community within the collective fabric of Southeastern Michigan.

    In addition to celebrating our roots, Hart Plaza will allow the festival to expand to a two-day format, which will let us to double our offerings of activities and entertainment. The stages and dance area will present a greater variety of offerings to meet the interests and needs of our diverse community. Programming will be increased by bringing back the youth zone and providing expanded family activities. Hart Plaza also offers areas for friends and families to picnic while enjoying the music and the scenic views of the Detroit river front. The annual June festival has been designed for open-ended appeal by our diverse community.

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    Feb 24, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=45532

    In addition to more vendors, performances and attendees, the festival will also offer more college-age and family-oriented activities.

    Making nearly every aspect of the festival larger than before also demands more volunteers. Wait says past festivals have used roughly 300 volunteers, so he's hoping for at least that many for this year's celebration.

    Contact Wait at dave @ equalitymi.org if you're interested in volunteering, performing or being a vendor.
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    Feb 24, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    Sounds fun. I haven't been downtown in years other than a few trips to the casino at night... a reminder later would be nice
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    Yeah, I'll keep reminding every now and then. (:

    Any sports/outdoors groups interested in display space?
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    I'm going to miss having it in Ferndale, a real neighborhood and not a sterile, concrete shell like Hart Plaza.
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    Mar 16, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    Calendar's marked
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    May 20, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Just over 2 weeks.

    And there will be a parade, too.

    Anyone interested in marching with Team Michigan - the association of Michigan LGBT* Athletes?
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    May 21, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    Now don't forget to support our half brothers the bisexuals, and support their Pride flag/banner. Help them feel the pride in being a bisexual.
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    May 26, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    I've never been and I live about an hour and a half away... wtf!!!
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    May 26, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    TrevorMark saidI've never been and I live about an hour and a half away... wtf!!!


    I don't think you're missing much. Went last year when it was in a suburb and it's not Chicago's or SF's pride. There's not even a parade. It's boring like everything else in this town, unfortunately.
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    May 26, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    Mepark saidI don't think you're missing much. Went last year when it was in a suburb and it's not Chicago's or SF's pride. There's not even a parade. It's boring like everything else in this town, unfortunately.

    Defeatist self-fulfilling prophecy.
    The way we can change it is... by showing up!
    THERE IS A PARADE THIS YEAR.

    It won't be like Chicago or SF.
    But maybe in 5-10 years it will... if we get behind it now.
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    May 26, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
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    TrevorMark saidI've never been and I live about an hour and a half away... wtf!!!

    You're not even that far unless you really live in Saline or Jackson.

    Saline is really close to Ann Arbor, so I'd have to live in Jackson to be farther. icon_razz.gif

    But it is about an hour and 20 for me.
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    May 26, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    TROUBLEMAN saidWhy is it no longer in Ferndale?

    I'm not really sure.
    Maybe they thought Hart Plaza would draw more people and attention.
    It's also 2 days and there will be a parade Sunday at 11am.


    TrevorMark saidI've never been and I live about an hour and a half away... wtf!!!

    Grab some friends and come on over!

    The Ren Cen Marriott has a special $119 rate.

    Or you're welcome to couch surf at our place.
    (Though we're still 45 min away from downtown.)
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    May 26, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I've not been either however I think it's probably better to have it right downtown than Ferndale. I mean really who other than anyone familiar witih metro Detroit even knows what/where Ferndale is? It would be like Toronto holding their Pride out in Oakville on Anduru's street. LOL
    If people are going to come now or in the future they're going to Detroit, they're probably going to be staying downtown not suburbia. So yeah it should be downtown. The only downside of Detroit is that there isn't any gay village at all and all the clubs/bars are so scattered and only in the suburbs miles apart from each other.

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    Jun 03, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    This SATURDAY & SUNDAY!!

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    Booth 348

    Team Michigan

    Motor City Tennis Assoc.

    Athlete Buddy System

    GForce Sports

    Michigan Panthers Flag Football

    Cleveland SynergyFest

    Gay Games 2014

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    Jun 03, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    I might be there on Sunday. I will be sure to look for Booth 348.
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    Jun 03, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    I just won VIP tickets to the Official After Party and cannot attend.
    BOO.
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    Jun 03, 2011 12:37 PM GMT
    Dare we ask: what did you have to do to win those...?
    I mean: how did you win them?
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    Jun 03, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidDare we ask: what did you have to do to win those...?
    I mean: how did you win them?

    Contest through Necto. Post why you're proud.

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    Jun 03, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    TrevorMark said
    Caesarea4 saidDare we ask: what did you have to do to win those...?
    I mean: how did you win them?

    Contest through Necto. Post why you're proud.

    Won. icon_razz.gif


    You should be using those tickets. Dave Aude and The Perry Twins are there that night. Then afterwards make your way to the Pride Party at Ice. They're open until 4 on Saturdays and Pierre Fitch will be the dj.
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    Jun 03, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
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    You should be using those tickets. Dave Aude and The Perry Twins are there that night. Then afterwards make your way to the Pride Party at Ice. They're open until 4 on Saturdays and Pierre Fitch will be the dj.

    Iii know!
    But, I have no car and don't have crap for gay friends... so no one wants to go even for the free ticket.
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    Jun 03, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    TrevorMark saidBut, I have no car and don't have crap for gay friends... so no one wants to go even for the free ticket.



    You need to find yourself a nice fag hag. They love gay clubs and pride parades and festivals.
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    Jun 03, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    TrevorMark saidBut, I have no car and don't have crap for gay friends... so no one wants to go even for the free ticket.



    You need to find yourself a nice fag hag. They love gay clubs and pride parades and festivals.

    New goal... Find me a fag hag.
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    Jun 04, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    I think you should just try to get to Pride, Trevor. You may meet some new gay friends. Fix that car! I convinced my best friend to go so I am definitely going to be there for Sunday afternoon.
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    I have a friend in Adrian, but he's already home in the metro Detroit area. icon_sad.gif