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Parading for Pride in Superior

The Duluth-Superior Pride Parade greeted onlookers with swag, bubbles, mayors on motorcycles and more.

Grand Marshal Carolyn Reisberg waves from the back of a pickup truck as she welcomes people to the Duluth Superior Pride Parade
Grand marshal Carolyn Reisberg waves from the back of a pickup truck as she welcomes people to the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade along Tower Avenue in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The Duluth-Superior Pride Parade started Sunday at noon with the grand marshal Carolyn Reisberg wearing a crown and rainbow cape, and waving to the crowd along Tower Avenue from the back of a pickup truck.

After the parade, Reisberg said she was impressed by the size of the crowd.

“I’ve never seen it this big, in all my years of being involved,” she said. “It’s outstanding to see.”

Behind Reisberg, Duluth and Superior mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine drove or rode on motorcycles. Several political and community organizations in the parade handed out info, flags, beads, T-shirts and candy. Bubbles filled Tower Avenue as floats made their way down the route.

Crosswalks along the parade route were painted rainbow colors, prompting many to stop and pose for pictures.

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Members of the Sterling Silver Studios perform during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Members of the Sterling Silver Studios perform during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade on Sunday.
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“Everyone’s just so happy and it’s so much fun,” said Angel Scherkenbach of Duluth. “And everyone’s ready to compliment each other and just have a good time together.”

Sterling Silver dancers danced down and back up the avenue to the sounds of “Born This Way” performed live from the back of a truck by Born Too Late. The dancers twirled flaming and regular batons along with younger students waving rainbow fans.

Born Too Late lead singer Rokkyn Nelson-Kavajecz sings from a float during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Born Too Late lead singer Rokkyn Nelson-Kavajecz sings from a float during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Paine made his way back down the parade route after initially riding down on a motorcycle with Larson, this time stopping to give out hugs and handshakes.

“I love the energy and the feeling of love that you can feel,” said Alicia Gaskin of Superior. “It’s a place where people can be their authentic selves and be accepted.”

Gaskin noted that she especially appreciated being back this year after taking a hiatus during COVID-19. The parade continued in 2021, but not to the same level, and Gaskin said she missed it.

“It’s heartwarming to see people gathering again,” she said. “It’s not over yet, but it’s nice to see things coming back.”

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson waves to the crowd from the back of a motorcycle during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson waves to the crowd from the back of a motorcycle.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Pluto Scott said they appreciated the parade’s route, as it made its way down one side of Tower Avenue and then looped around at the end to go back up the other side.

“And it’s just really uplifting to see so many people here and at the festival yesterday,” Scott said.

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The number of floats and participants was a welcome surprise to Reisberg. As someone who worked on the organizing committee for Duluth-Superior Pride, she said she remembers a time “when the parade lasted like 10-15 minutes.”

“We worked so hard to make the festival better for the 11 years or so that we helped run it and then we passed it on to the next generation,” Reisberg said. “And I’m blown away! I’m so proud of what they’ve been able to do and by the response. We have such a diversity of people here, just supporting the parade and yesterday at the festival. It’s amazing to see.”

Eve Stalker, 4, of Duluth, dances in her rainbow skirt on Tower Avenue as she waits for the start of the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Eve Stalker, 4, of Duluth, dances in her rainbow skirt on Tower Avenue as she waits for the start of the parade.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Folks throw candy to the crowd as bubbles fly off the hood of one Jeeps in the Lake Superior JeepHers club during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Folks throw candy to the crowd as bubbles fly off the hood of one Jeeps in the Lake Superior JeepHers club.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Superior Mayor Jim Paine waves to the crowd as he walks along Tower Avenue in Superior during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Superior Mayor Jim Paine waves to the crowd as he walks along Tower Avenue.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Candy gets tossed from the Flame float during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Candy gets tossed from the Flame float during the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade.
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Eve Stalker, 4, of Duluth, watches her shadow as she dances with her pride flags on Tower Avenue while she waits for the start of the Duluth-Superior Pride Parade
Eve Stalker, 4, of Duluth, watches her shadow as she dances with her pride flags.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
A dog adorned in a pride flag crosses one of the rainbow crosswalks along Tower Avenue
A dog adorned in a pride flag crosses one of the rainbow crosswalks along Tower Avenue.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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