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Milwaukee Gay Pride 2014 - PrideFest Milwaukee 2014

Celebrating Gay Pride in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee PrideFest takes place at Henry Maier Festival Park in early June

photo by Andrew Collins Milwaukee Gay Pride 2014 - PrideFest Milwaukee 2014

Boom, one of the several popular gay bars in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood, booms with business during Pride Weekend

photo by Andrew Collins

The rest of the world has finally begun to catch up to the fact that Milwaukee is a city of considerable charm, liberal attitudes, and a zero-attitude, vibrant gay and lesbian scene. It's also site of the nation's largest gay pride festival, Pridefest Milwaukee, held in early to mid-June each year (over the weekend of June 6, 7, and 8, in 2014).

PrideFest takes place over a three days at a beautiful and centrally located venue right on Lake Michigan, the Henry Maier Festival Park at 200 N. Harbor Drive, just off I-794 and a few blocks southeast of downtown.

The Pridefest hours are Friday, 3 pm until midnight; Saturday, noon until midnight; and Sunday, noon until midnight. Bruce Vilanch is the emcee on this. Headlining acts include Chad Michaels and Cazwell on Friday; Corky Morgan, Shane Ashton, Beverly McClellan, Mary Lambert, Big Freedia, and Macy Gray on Saturday; and Ian & the Dream, Ronnie Nyles & Tallulah Who, Dangerous Muse, Debby Holiday, Sandra Bernhard, and Lisa Lampanelli on Sunday night. 

Considering the caliber of performers, the cost for the festival is a bargain: just $13 for general admission on any particular day, or $30 for a three-day pass good for the entire festival.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Quest for details. Also take a look at the excellent GLBT site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Milwaukee CVB.

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