St. Cloud will see a three-day festival celebrating diversity, culture and art starting Friday evening.
The kick-off for this year’s sixth annual St. Cloud Pride celebration will be a production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at the Pioneer Place in downtown St. Cloud at 7:30 p.m. Other Friday night Pride events, include Club Pride, a 16+ event held in the basement of Atwood Memorial Center from 9 p.m. to midnight, and a burlesque show put on by Carnival Revolver at the Pioneer Place at 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, as in years past, Pride in the Park will be held at Lake George, at which there will be activities for kids, live music, vendors and more. This event is free.
The Saturday evening event will be a drag performance featuring local, as well as nationally recognized talent and will be held at River’s Edge Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Pride continues into Sunday, with Pride Brunch at D.B. Searle’s at 11:00 a.m.
The weekend culminates with another drag show put on by local performance group, Fusion Cabaret, although the event is not one of Pride’s scheduled events. This event will take place at the Red Carpet nightclub at 9 p.m. Fusion Cabaret’s performance, occurring bi-monthly at the Red Carpet, will be different in honor of Pride weekend. There will be an amateur drag performance before Fusion Cabaret from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and many of the planned performers are SCSU students.
Some of the students are members of OUTLOUD and GLBTA Alliance, both SCSU student organizations. The students come together to practice their performances once a week, and many will continue to perform at an amateur hour, which will precede Fusion Cabaret’s performance on the first Sunday of every month.
One of Fusion Cabaret’s performers, Tyler Tootsieroll, said that Fusion Cabaret’s performances and this Sunday’s in particular, is “about our community coming together, because there’s no other place in St. Cloud for that.” He had previously discussed how the closing of Biology, a bar marketing to St. Cloud’s LGBT community, had caused Fusion Cabaret to continue their performances at the Red Carpet. You can see them perform at the Red Carpet every first and third Sunday of the month.
More information is available at StCloudPride.org.