Right: MJ Kroll will perform May 22 at Grand Cities Pride.
I think the folks planning Grand Cities Pride May 22-23 have covered all their bases. They will have live music in Grand Forks Town Square, a drag show at Sensations Night Club, and a worship service and community potluck in Grand Forks Riverside Park.
Grand Cities Pride is a celebration of community activism and support. According to the group’s Web site: "We want to celebrate the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual and questioning community through our programming and hope to grow into a larger Pride festival as the years pass."
Here’s a schedule:
Saturday, May 22, Town Square Park (Water Wheel Park): 1 p.m., welcome vendors, tables, kids activites. 1:30 p.m., live music by Heidi Barton Stink. 2:30 p.m., live music by Suzen Juel. 3:30 p.m., award presentation. 4 p.m., live music by MJ Kroll. 5 p.m., closing ceremony. 5:30 p.m., community clean up of Town Square Park.
Left: Janessa Jay Champagne of Champagne Dreams Productions will host Saturday night’s drag show and dance.
Saturday, May 22, Sensations Night Club: 8 p.m., drag show and dance. Must be 21 or older. Presented by Champagne Dreams Productions. Doors open, 7 p.m. Admission: $7.
Sunday, May 23, Riverside Park Indoor Community Room: 11 a.m., all faith service; noon, community potluck (bring a dish to share).
Chris Stoner and Kim Jorgenson are co-chairs of planning Grand Cities Pride, which is in its third year. It started as a one-day event. This is the first time they’ll have Sunday events.
You can visit the event Web site at:
And you can e-mail organizers at:
Keep checking back for updates, say Chris and Kim.
UND Ten Percent Society and Champagne Dreams are co-sponsors of Grand Cities Pride. If you’d like to be a sponsor, you can go to the Pride Web site (address above) and find out how you can help.
Tobin is arts & entertainment reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks N.D.