Last weekend, beautiful weather and beautiful people combined at Milwaukee's lakefront for the 30th anniversary of PrideFest Milwaukee, one of the nation's largest celebrations of LGBTQ culture and community.
PrideFest Milwaukee 2017 featured headliners Betty Who, 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Grand, and Todrick Hall, along with over 150 diverse acts on eight stages. Political commentator Randy Rainbow served as master of ceremonies, and marriage equality activist Jim Obergefell hosted opening ceremonies as keynote speaker.
With 37,682 visitors attending this year's festival, attendance was up 13 percent over the previous record of 33,438 set in 2016. Through the PrideFest Plus One campaign, PrideFest raised $5,109 for GSAFE, Wisconsin's greatest advocate for LGBTQ students in an academic setting.
"We were honored and humbled to see such colossal turnout," said Michail Takach, vice president of Milwaukee Pride. "There was such a powerful, positive energy in the air all weekend. I've never felt anything like it."