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For some, an annual picnic in the park isn’t enough. For those people, there is the East Central Minnesota Pride (ECMP) planning committee. If you want to take an extra step in community building, changing hearts and minds about LGBT issues, and getting involved with your neighbors has a whole, consider attending the ECMP planning committee interest meeting Tues., Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grant House in Rush City, Minn.
The planning committee does the important work of bringing about one of the few rural LGBT pride events… in the world! East Central Minnesota is comprised of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties, and the ideal planning committee would be made of of a good cross-section of members from each of the counties in the region. The ECMP planning committee has generally had between 10 and 15 members, and has been a mix of people who identify as part of the LGBT community and straight allies.
Volunteering for ECMP is a great way to get involved with your local LGBT community all while having a fun and rewarding time doing it. Some of the tasks of the committee members include: coordination, public relations, outreach, entertainment lineup, food, setup, breakdown, and fundraising throughout the year. ECMP began in 2005 and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
For the very FIRST time, East Central PFLAG is organizing a unit in this parade, the biggest in the region. Theme: “A Decade of Pride in East Central Minnesota”. PFLAG is looking for volunteers to help decorate, walk, hold signs, etc. Wear your rainbow bling to show your pride. This is done in effort to thank the overwhelming majority of the Greater Pine City community that has welcomed Pride for 10 years.
The parade begins Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Despite the ominous forecast, hundreds descended on Pine City’s Voyageur Park for the 10th annual pride. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Minnesota’s Small-Town Gay Pride! A special thanks to the scores of volunteers who help make this event possible.
Edward Moody joined WCCO as a reporter and weekend anchor in August 2012. Before that, he worked as a morning anchor in Duluth, Minn. and the people of East Central Minnesota came to love him in both markets. Edward has covered everything from the Red Lake school shootings in northern Minnesota to the disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer. He has interviewed such notables as Caroline Kennedy, Operation Desert Storm commander Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and Martin Luther King III.
He will emcee this year’s pride festivities which begin at Noon, Sunday, June 1.
The band lineup is set and Esera Tuaolo will return to perform at Pride for its tenth anniversary. Last year, he sang for the first time on-stage his solo hit “Stronger”. This year, the former Minnesota Viking is expected to energize the crowd with that hit and more!
New to the pride lineup is the bluegrass band Hey Lonesome! Check out their website here for more info.
Check back for more details about who will be at Pride to help celebrate 10 strong years!