Twin Cities Pride festival arrives on the heels of history - KMSP-TV

Twin Cities Pride festival arrives on the heels of history

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The 41st annual Twin Cities Pride festival is one of the biggest events of the summer, and this year, it comes on the heels of history in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C.

With the historic passage of same-sex marriage in Minnesota and the Supreme Court's decision to rule DOMA unconstitutional, many Minnesotans are ringing in this year's festivities with one more toast to progress as many look toward August 1 when same-sex weddings can commence.

This year, a major festival attraction is the Wedding Showcase aimed to help couples chart future wedding plans that can now come to fruition. The Showcase offers rows of booths full of wedding planners with expert advice, as many same-sex couples hadn't planned to embark on this journey even a few months ago.

Event organizers are anticipating record attendance this year -- over half a million festival goers are expected.

The Sunday parade will serve as a culmination of the weekend's events -- a record 130 floats will be on display. The parade is set to commence at 11 a.m. along Hennepin Avenue. Motorists can expect city street closures to begin at 8:30 a.m. and heavy traffic throughout the day due to the festival and the Twins' matchup against the Royals at Target Field at 1:10 p.m.

This year's grand marshal is former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who has been an outspoken advocate of gay marriage, among other hotbed topics.

 

VIDEO: Kluwe talks to FOX 9 news about the celebration, new book: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/video?clipId=9044126&autostart=true

 

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