Fargo-Moorhead may not be the first location that comes to mind when you think of Pride festivals across the nation. However, there is a group of dedicated volunteers who have made it their goal to change that this year. 2012 Fargo-Moorhead Pride promises to be an event packed weekend to show support and highlight accomplishments of the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT community. Join FM Pride, August 9th through the 12th, for the third largest (and growing) rural Pride in the United States!
Things kick off on Thursday at All-Star Bowl in Moorhead; from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All-ages are welcome to come for an evening of bowling, socializing, and fun! For just $5.00, you can bowl all night long, making it a great event for families. After a few games on the lanes, the celebration continues into downtown Fargo to Rhombus Guys, with karaoke starting at 9:00 p.m.
The weekend party begins at 9:00 p.m. Friday night at the Aquarium with a show featuring GoGo Harder, the 2012 Best International Male Performer from London Burlesque Week, and Fargo’s own Kings of Grandeur. In addition to these performers, some of Fargo-Moorhead’s favorite DJs will be there to keep the party going! Get there early, the dance floor will fill up quickly!
Saturday is all about enjoying the weather with outdoor events! The Pride in the Park Festival will be at Gooseberry Park in Moorhead and includes vendors, merchants, artisans, businesses, and community groups. From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., it will also have live entertainment from comedian Jarica Jordan, Music Theater Fargo-Moorhead, Men’s Room, Kory Wolter, and speakers from various organizations. Following the park is the weekend’s biggest event – the 2012 FM Pride Block Party at Usher’s House! This is an all-ages outdoor show, featuring DJ Joyride and JustNtyme’s FIERCE.
The FM Pride celebration wraps up on Sunday, beginning 12:30 p.m. with the Interfaith Service in Moorhead at the First Congregational UCC. The service will conclude shortly before the Pride Parade in downtown Fargo, with the Grand Marshall Raymond Rea, the curator and founder of the FM LGBT Film Festival, at 2:00 p.m. The parade ends in the West Lawn of the Civic Center with the annual Pride Rally. Everyone is then invited for one final celebration at Sidestreet Grille & Pub for the Pride After-Party, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Make sure you are a part of the 11th Annual Fargo-Moorhead Pride festivities – you do not want to miss out on this weekend!
Author: Kristine Holm is a core volunteer for the Pride Planning Committee.