Motor City Pride 2016 - Detroit Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Michigan's largest gay pride festival

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photo by Andrew Collins

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 (typically the first full weekend of the month). 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.

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

Dates for this year's pride celebration are June 11 and 12, 2016. Motor City Pride weekend comprises a number of events and activities. The festival runs on Saturday, from 11 am until 7 pm, and then again on Sunday from noon until 7 pm. Sunday, June 12, is also the day of the Detroit Motor City Gay Pride Parade, which takes place at noon, 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. 

Detroit Gay Resources

Plenty of local gay bars as well as area restaurants, hotels, and shops draws particularly big crowds during 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.