This is the most visually dynamic and explosive Pride celebration all year. And you can bring the kids (to most of it.) Read more below.
Every year we look forward to seeing the PrideFest Milwaukee photos. These people know how to put on a show! Here's a message from one of the main perpetrators:
"PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 celebrated the courage, resilience and everyday heroism of Stonewall with a record-breaking four-day festival — produced entirely by volunteers. Nearly 46,000 attended this year's events, which included the world's largest LGBTQ motorcycle ride (in partnership with Harley-Davidson,) the city's largest Pride Parade ever, a street festival in Historic Walker's Point, and multiple events celebrating local queer and trans people of color. Our Pride Awards honored our community heroes, including Nat Werth of Sheboygan, whose school attempted to silence his coming out speech at graduation. With over 120 LGBTQ-identified acts on eight stages, including headliners Kim Petras, Greyson Chance and Jinkx Monsoon, as well as an all-female hip hop showcase, an all-Latinx drag show, our first-ever kiki ball for queer urban youth, and a trans and non-binary cabaret, PrideFest Milwaukee reflected more diversity than ever this year." — Michail Takach, VP of Communications, Milwaukee Pride, Inc.
Photos included here from: Cormac Kehoe, Ken Brown, Patrick Couillard, Stills of the Night (Jeremy Burke) and Tasteful Flamingo did some of their most amazing work ever this year. Also shooting for the fest: Lia Channelle, Prism Photography, Ryne Cooper, Steven Binko, and Samer Ghani, among others.
For over 30 years, PrideFest Milwaukee has been proudly celebrating LGBTQ culture and community. They’re the world’s largest LGBTQ festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year. PrideFest Milwaukee does not have one paid employee, simply the dedication and devotion to bring together a festival each and every year for our community. Milwaukee’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations go all the way back to 1974, when 350 people attended the Gay People’s Union Ball. There are stories of earlier, smaller, more private annual gatherings, but unfortunately, no documentation available to honor them.