Bedazzling Crowds at the Twin Cities Pride Parade in Minneapolis
The annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade is all about glitz and glam on the last Sunday of June. Jostle for a spot early on the packed city sidewalk where rainbow shades and perfectly coiffed hair rule the scene. Swigging a beer this early in the day isn’t unusual—it's practically expected. The parade (the largest in the Upper Midwest) kicks off at 11 a.m. with the snappy rat-a-tat-tatta of drums ricocheting off the downtown skyscrapers. Dykes on Bikes rumble past on shiny motorcycles as their engines shudder and shake the pavement. The entourage of stiletto-strutting drag queens, bubbly booze floats, and jovial politicians pass by gawking church crowds driving home from morning service. Afterwards, stroll over to Loring Park (a mini version of Central Park) and finish the Twin Cities week-long celebration of solidarity with live music, local art booths, and beer gardens until dusk.