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Motor City Pride 2014 - Detroit Gay Pride 2014

Celebrating Motor City Pride, in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza



Detroit Gay Pride takes place downtown, in the shadows of the iconic Renaissance Center

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The video bar and restaurant Pronto!, in Royal Oak, is a favorite gay hangout in metro Detroit - it's plenty packed during Pride week

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Looking for a memorable dining experience while in town for Detroit Pride? Slow's Bar-BQ is one of the city's favorite spots for tasty food

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Although the Wolverine State has its own Michigan Gay Pride in the capital city of Lansing in late August, the largest city in the region, Detroit hosts its own well-attended Motor City Pride in early June. The festival had in recent years taken place in the gay-popular suburb of Ferndale, but now Motor City Pride is at downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza (at the junction of Woodward Ave. and Jefferson Ave., right by the city's riverfront), and expanded from one to two full days. The dates of Motor City Pride are June 7 and 8, 2014.

Note that Detroit also has a well-attended Black Pride celebration, Hotter Than July, held in late July.

Motor City Pride weekend comprises a number of events and activities (here's a full list). The festival runs on Saturday, June 7, from 11 am until 7 pm, and then again on Sunday from noon until 7 pm. Sunday, is also the day of the Detroit Motor City Gay Pride Parade, which takes place at 11 am, right before the festival. The route is along Griswold Street south from Fort to Jefferson.

There will be dance pavilions at the festival, led by a number of prominent DJs, and on the Main Pride Stage and the Festival Stage, a variety of performers will entertain the crowds. Check the Motor City Pride Entertainment page for details - performers this year include pop star Andy Bell of Erasure fame, Alex Newell, God Des & She, and many more.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride. Check local gay papers, such as Metra Magazine and Between The Lines/Pride Source for details. Also take a look at the helpful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Detroit CVB.

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