Michigan Pride’s volunteers and board of directors are hard at work preparing for this year’s 28th annual Michigan Pride celebration and are looking forward to community participation in this year’s festivities scheduled for June 16-17. Applications for sponsors, parade participants, and festival vendors & exhibitors are now being accepted.
The annual Pride weekend festivities, which include the White Party, Pride Parade, Rally at the Capitol, and Festival, are a result of the many people, groups, sponsors, artists, and partners who support the diverse community celebration. Additional information about the various ways to participate is below.
June 16, 2017
- $10 wristbands = all access to Old Town bars
- The annual pre-party on starts at 7 PM on Friday,
- June 16th. It is a great way to kick-off the excitement of Pride weekend.
- Party-goers are encouraged to wear white as a way of expressing our solidarity for the LGBTQ community.
- Sir Pizza Featured Performers: Alise King & Ty Teon with DJ Fudgie.
June 17, 2017
Starts ~ Adado Riverfront Park Ends ~ Capitol Steps
- Michigan Pride brings color and flair to the streets of Michigan’s Capital city during the Pride Parade. Cheering spectators line the streets to watch community groups, businesses, educators, elected officials, and others parade by.
- The parade stages in front of Adado Riverfront Park at 11:30 AM and steps-off at 12 PM.
- As the parade ends, community members are invited to join in and continue the march to the Capitol steps.
- Registration for parade participation is free
Rally at the Capitol Steps:
Immediately Following the Parade
- Speakers include Barb Byrum, Ingham County Clerk; Derek Dobies, Jackson City Council Member; Angelica De Jesus, and Micah Ling, and Shane Shananaquet
- Shane Shananaquet, a transgender 14 year old sophomore at Adrian High School, is a fierce warrior for LGBT equality. He actively encourages other youth to stand up and be heard, speaks about the importance of amplifying youth voices, and advocates through story telling. In January, he was selected to be a Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March on Washington’s Youth Initiative.
Old Town, Lansing
- 7 PM Starfarm Band brings the most “Totally Awesome!” collection of ’80s songs that you can dream of. Every song played instantly captures that nostalgic feeling, sending you back to the decade of pegged pants, mullets and Aqua Net. From the very first chord, you will be dancing and pumping your fist in the air, singing along to the much-loved songs of yesterday.
- 6:30-7 PM Fusing pop, rock, and R&B, Ty Teon, a Michigan native, is soon to buzz the industry. His versatile artistry transcends audiences across the world. With an image just as big and unique as his sound, this universal artist is sure to become a household name in the near future.
- 4-6 PM Michigan Pride & LipGloss Production’s drag show featuring kings and queens will heat things up when they take the stage. These kings & queens are pure royalty and love to perform for their adoring subjects. This inaugural show will be dedicated to 98-title-winning champion Chelsea Delray who will grace the stage with her powerful presence.
- 2-3 PM Emma Sapphire, Miss Amateur PowerDiva 2017, draws you in with her powerful and provocative stage presence. The award winning queen will be performing at her first-ever Michigan Pride this season. Bring a sling to pick your tongue up off the floor as Emma leaves you drooling for more.
“Pride is the biggest weekend of the year to celebrate and support the LGBTQ community,” said Leigha Faith, Michigan Pride’s Director of Public Relations. “This year’s 28th annual Pride celebration will return to the streets of Old Town in the traditional month of June and feature Lansing’s well-known musical group, Starfarm. There is so much to look forward to at this year’s pride celebration, and we are grateful to all of the volunteers and organizations who dedicate countless hours to organize the events.”