Michigan Pride

Protestors in Grand Rapids
Tone Fields

51 years ago this month, police raided a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn. During the raid, patrons fought back when police got violent, and several days of riots followed.

The next year, the LGBTQ+ community commemorated those riots with a parade. Since then, Pride has been celebrated in June in honor of the first riot at Stonewall.

This year’s Pride in the Capital Region is different.

Lansing Celebrates 30th Michigan Pride Event

Jun 17, 2019
People marching in front of the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan
Ray Garcia / WkAR-MSU

On Saturday, the Michigan Pride Festival celebrated its 30th year in Lansing. Upbeat music and rainbow flags were spread out throughout march, which began on Grand Avenue and ended on the steps of the State Capitol building. Those in attendance included drag queens, local politicians, several churches and many families.

Attendee's of last year's Lansing Pride festival pose in front of the capitol. Organizers are expecting record crowds at this year's festival.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

This Saturday marks the 30th year of the Michigan Pride Festival in Lansing. The festival will take place in Old Town and downtown Lansing.