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GLBT Pride Parade

Leah Millis, Dml - Star Tribune

ASHLEY RUKES GLBT PRIDE PARADE

When: 11 a.m. Sun. along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Web: www.tcpride.org.

Nightlife: 2012 Pride party guide

  • Article by: TOM HORGEN
  • Star Tribune
  • June 21, 2012 - 4:22 PM
I like to think of Pride as the other Great Minnesota Get-together. The GLBT community's annual festival and parade will bring more than 100,000 people to Loring Park and Hennepin Avenue this weekend.

Like the Minnesota State Fair, there's way too much to do and to look at, what with the parties, concerts, benefits and various club events. I've come up with a clip-and-save guide to help you navigate the busy weekend. Looking for a dance party? Plenty of those here. How about something to do with the kids? I've got a suggestion. Craft beer? Good news: The Pride organizers have jumped on the Minnesota brewery bandwagon. Get your scissors out.

Pop star resurrection

Kelly Rowland: The former Destiny's Child member turned gay icon headlines the Loring Park festival. (Gates open 5:30 p.m. Sat., Loring Park, $15-$25, www.tcpride.org)

Mya: The onetime R&B princess is more than a decade removed from her early-2000s hits ("Lady Marmalade") but she'll bring some star power to the Saloon's annual block party. Crystal Waters opens. (4:30 p.m. Sun., 830 Hennepin Av. S., $15-$20, www.saloonmn.com)

Frenchie Davis: The outspoken "American Idol" castoff will let her pipes blow in the Bolt Underground. (10 p.m. Fri. 515 Washington Av. S., Mpls., $20, www.eagleboltbar.com)

Dance floor takeover

First Avenue: Hell's Kitchen's always-packed "Grown & Sexy" dance night moves to the much bigger First Ave, featuring the triple threat of DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Nadine Dubois and Sweetpea. (9 p.m. Fri., 701 1st Av. N., Mpls., $12-$15, www.first-avenue.com)

Epic: The guys behind the Big Gay Pride Party don't mince words about the largeness of this annual dance extravaganza. With New York's DJ Escape. (9:30 p.m. Fri., $15-$20. www.epicmpls.com)

Ladies' nights

Boobytrap: For a second year, the long-running female-centric dance party is sticking with the big digs at Epic for its sultry Pride party. (9 p.m. Sat., 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., $15, www.epicmpls.com)

Women's Pride Dance: The gorgeous Woman's Club on Loring Park had so much fun during last year's Pride it's bringing back this dance party. (8:30 p.m. Fri., 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls, $10, www.womansclub.org)

Family affair

Fruit Bowl: If you're looking for a Pride party sans alcohol, this annual bowling/karaoke party at Memory Lanes is perfect for families. (6:30 p.m. Fri., 2520 26th Av. S., Mpls., $5, www.rainbowhealth.org)

Block party central

Lush: The northeast Minneapolis bar spared no expense for its Pride throwdown, with performances by Nina Sky and Cazwell on Saturday and Dev on Sunday. (Fri.-Sun., 990 Central Av. NE., Mpls., $20-$30, www.lushfoodbar.com)

Loring Kitchen: The restaurant will take advantage of its prime real estate with an outdoor stage featuring hip-hop duo Ill Chemistry on Friday and then God-des & She on Sunday. (Fri.-Sun., 1359 Willow St., Mpls., free, www.loringkitchen.com)

Craft beer pride

Beer Dabbler: The 40th annual Pride festival in Loring Park kicks off the weekend with something new. For the first time, the Beer Dabbler will host one of its ultra-popular all-you-can-sample outdoor fests in association with Pride. Bonus: The fest's 20 Minnesota breweries will be paired with 20 food trucks, with each mobile eatery offering a special $3 menu item. (5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., Loring Park, $45, www.thebeerdabbler.com)

Hot rooftops

Seven: The best place to watch Sunday's parade isn't on the curb but high above. This ultralounge's rooftop will be a hot ticket, as will its Bitch-N-Brunch with drag diva Bitch Flowers. (9:30 a.m. Sun., 700 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $30 buffet/$10 without, www.7mpls.com)

Chambers: The crew behind Mix is hosting a free rooftop viewing party on the art hotel's fifth-floor terrace, with happy-hour drink specials. (10 a.m. Sun., 901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., free, www.lemeridienchambers.com)

Crave: Crave is offering brunch and a great view from its rootfop patio. Proceeds benefit the Aliveness Project. (9 a.m. Sun. 825 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $25-$35, www.aliveness.org)

thorgen@startribune.com • 612-673-7909 • Twitter: @tomhorgen

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