It’s Pride month: Here is your festival guide across Michigan

Many people celebrate the national month in June

FILE - NYPD police officers march along Fifth Avenue during the gay pride parade, Sunday, June 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Weeks, File) (Julia Weeks, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

There is an estimated 373,000 Michiganders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+).

The state wrote that June 2022 is declared as Pride Month, and Michigan residents are encouraged to stand against discrimination and reject violence toward LGBTQ+ individuals. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed that this year is the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising that took place in New York City.

The Stonewall Uprising happened on June 28, 1969. According to History.com, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn located in New York’s Greenwich Village. This raid escalated into a riot and a six-day protest. The NYC establishment was the only gay bar that allowed dancing at the time. Many homeless youths and runaways would call this place home.

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The raid’s one-year anniversary was America’s first gay pride parade. Historians write that thousands of people came together and walked from Stonewall Inn to Central Park. They also call this day “Christopher Street Liberation Day.”

FILE - This May 1994 file photo shows an exterior view of the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village section of New York, site of the 1969 riot that sparked the Gay Rights Movement. (AP Photo/Kevin Larkin, File) (Associated Press)

One of the first pride parades in Michigan was Motor City Pride. According to its website, the civil rights march would happen on Woodward Avenue with a rally following that parade at Wayne State University.

By 1989, the civil rights march moved to Lansing to be a more central location for Michiganders. Then, in 1990, the festival relocated to Royal Oak and was renamed the PrideFest Celebration.

After a lot of moving around, PrideFest Celebration eventually become Motor City Pride and moved back to Downtown Detroit in 2012.

If you are looking to celebrate the month, check out these events happening around Michigan:

Berkley Pride Block Party

  • Date: June 26, 2022
  • Time: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: downtown Berkley

Ferndale Pride

Flint Pride

  • Date: June 25, 2022
  • Time: 2 p.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Riverbank Park

Grand Rapids Pride

  • Date: June 18, 2022
  • Cost: Free
  • This year is the 34th anniversary of the Grand Rapids Pride Festival.

Kalamazoo Pride

  • Date: June 3-4, 2022
  • Time: Friday hours are 6 p.m.-11:55 p.m. and Saturday hours are 2 p.m.-11:55 p.m.
  • Cost: 2-day pass is $15 and a single-day pass is $8.

Macomb County Pride Picnic

  • Date: June 26, 2022
  • Time: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation
  • Location: Sterling Heights Parks & Recreation

Michigan Pride

  • Date: June 26, 2022
  • Location: Michigan capitol building, Lansing

Motor City Pride

  • Date: June 11-12, 2022
  • Time: Saturday hours are 1 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday hours are 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Cost: $5
  • Location: Hart Plaza

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Elizabeth Washington is a Digital News Editor and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.