The people of Duluth Superior Pride fest


The Duluth Superior Pride Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in Bayfront Park Saturday, Sept. 3. The family-friendly festival included musical performances, speakers, a drag troupe, informational booths and vendors. According to the history tent, the gay pride festival started in 1986 as a picnic along Lester River sponsored by the Main Club. Today the festival spans over three days of entertainment in Duluth and Superior, but the main Duluth event was the festival in Bayfront. Here are some of the thoughts from Pride attendees.

Hope Boudreau and Melissa Harty are decked out in Pride flags and T-shirts. (Photos by Teri Cadeau)

Curtis Pallas stands with his rainbow umbrella. Pallas has been coming to Pride fest for 10 years. To him, the best year was when RuPaul came. "It's great to see so many people here in support," Pallas said.

George, Ellie and Estella pose with drag queen Nickita Kyle. Kyle is a University of Minnesota Duluth graduate who returned from the Cities for the festival to perform in the Flaming Productions Drag Troupe show. "What I love about Pride Fest up here is the sense of community. It's a very tight-knit community. Everyone knows everyone. It's a different feeling at Pride events in larger cities," Kyle said.

Tyler Nesset holds his bandana-clad puppy, Romeo, as he listens to the band South of Superior.. His favorite part of the festival is "not being part of a minority for a day."

Duluth aerialist Alex Loch performs with Red Mountain.

Amy Peterson holds on to her dog, Hadley, as she listens to Red Mountain perform. Peterson has attended Pride for several years. "I love to see old friends and people who are like family to me. It's an important time," Peterson said.

Engen stands in his "majestic superhero pose" at the entrance of Pride fest. "It's my first time here, but I love the fact that we have a Pride fest. It's cool to see the community come out for it."

Robin Hansen Begg and Katie Westrum smile as they fight the wind in Bayfront Park. Hansen Begg said she enjoyed "getting outside and celebrating."

Tommi Valentino and Jeff Taylor pose in Bayfront Park for Pride fest.