Magic City Equality plans Minot Pride Festival

Magic City Equality will host the fifth annual Minot Pride Festival next week.

According to a press release from the group, the festival will begin Sunday with a brunch at Broadway Bean & Bagel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will then be an official kickoff for the festival at Arny’s 2.0 Lounge and Bottle Shop, with an outdoor street party with live music and more, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

The Magic City Misfits will present a shadow cast performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Mouse River Theater on Friday, June 28. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door.

The group will host Pride in the Park at Roosevelt Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. There will be vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Ruth Buffalo, the first Native American female Democrat elected to the North Dakota State Legislature and a recent recipient of the Woman of the Year honor by the North Dakota Women’s Network.

On the evening of Saturday, June, 29, the festival will move to the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The Over the Rainbow Drag Show will begin at 8 p.m. that night. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The show will include 11 performers from the region and the state. Admission is $15 at the door.

The festival will close on Saturday, June 30, with a drag bunch and bingo at Arny’s 2.0 Lounge and Bottle Shop, with host and hostestt BJ Armani and Raven Knight, starting at 1 p.m.

Magic City Equality, formerly known as Pride Minot, recently received non-profit status within the state. It educates the general public and the LGBT+ community in northwest North Dakota about culture, current events and concerns of the community. The group also notes that it believes it is important to honor and remember others who fought for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other people and to continue fighting for their rights.

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