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Trip Doctor on Pride 2013: Spotlight Twin Cities

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Did you miss the Pride events this month in Boston, Providence, and D.C.? Those cities already had their big celebrations, but there’s still time to attend the festivals in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere.

One Pride event you may not have considered is Minnesota’s Twin Cities Pride. This under-the-gaydar destination has a lot to celebrate since last year’s paradegoers marched down Hennepin Avenue. In November, voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and the state legislature legalized equal marriage in May, with the law going into effect August 1. No wonder T+L readers voted the Twin Cities one of America’s top cities for Gay Travel.

On Saturday, June 29th, visitors can attend Pride in Concert at Loring Park, where headliners include Neon Hitch and Nina Sky. Later that night, both acts will make special appearances at Lollipop: The Official Twin Cities Pride Party. Housed in the renovated Skyway Theater on Hennepin Avenue, Lollipop will also feature an appearance by Manila Luzon, of RuPaul's Drag Race fame.

Then on Sunday, Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe returns to the region—he spent eight years with the Minnesota Vikings—to serve as Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade. Those in-the-know will be watching all the action from the Skybar at Seven. The third-floor rooftop bar is throwing a brunch party, and attendees will be able to watch the parade go by on Hennepin Avenue. Insider tip? Get to the bar early—a Twins game at 1 p.m. will make traffic and public transportation chaotic.

More info, including event tickets, can be found at the Twin Cities Pride website.

Other Pride Month destinations worth considering for a Weekend Getaway:

Peter Schlesinger is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Pride Parade

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