Where, when and how to Pride

Duluth Superior Pride opens with the Mayor's Reception today at the Duluth Depot

"From Selma to Stonewall" plays Friday at Teatro Zuccone. Rev. Gil Caldwell and Marilyn Bennett are featured in the documentary.

This year’s Duluth Superior Pride, which is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, is a weekend-plus-long mix of film, music, parade and more. Events start today with the mayor’s reception at the Duluth Depot and run through Sunday’s Drag Show at the Main Club. Here are some don’t-miss moments. For a full schedule, see Best Bets .

Aug. 29

Mayor’s reception

5-7 p.m. Duluth Depot

Mayor Emily Larson and neighboring mayors will welcome Pride-goers during the annual reception at the Duluth Depot. This has been a starting point for the weekend-long festival since 2004, when then-Mayor Herb Bergson issued the first official mayoral proclamation. Food, drinks, and music by South of Superior.

Aug. 30

Film screening: “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet”


5 p.m. Teatro Zuccone

This short doc features Rev. Gil Caldwell and Marilyn Bennett, the former a 80-something retired straight United Methodist pastor-activist, the latter a 50-something white lesbian activist. They met in 2000 and became close when they were both arrested after “a civil act of disobedience.” They travel to Selma, where Caldwell marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, billed as home base for the gay rights movement and they consider their battles and where they intersect. A discussion follows.

Flashback: 50 Years of Music

9 p.m. Main Club, Superior

This is a new event this year: This is a night of a bunch of great dance music from the past half-century.

Aug. 31

Pride Festival

11 a.m. Bayfront Festival Park

The annual Pride Festival is an afternoon of friendly vendors and music, specifically: South of Superior, Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Moon Thorn, Press Camp and Hot Pink Hangover. There will also be a drag show. Afterward, check out The Superior Block Party at The Flame and the Main Club.


Sept. 1

Pride Parade

Noon, Tower Ave., Superior

It’s a shorty, but a goody. Expect colorful floats, politicians, motorcycles, probably some roller derby players, candy-candy-candy, and maybe a cozy or chapstick from a local nonprofit. Very festive.

Drag Show

8 p.m. Main Club, Superior

Duluth Superior Pride closes with its annual drag show — a fundraiser for Duluth Superior Pride.

Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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