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Pride week returns to Fargo-Moorhead

Pride Skate Night at Skate City ND kicks off the four-day event

The pride parade in 2021.
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FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead's annual August Pride festivities kicked off with Pride Skate Night at Skate City ND.

It begins four days packed with events for the Fargo-Moorhead area.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, the Hansen Theatre at Minnesota State University-Moorhead will host an all-ages drag show, followed by a Pride Dance Party at the Avalon Events Center, 2525 9th Ave. S., in Fargo at 10 p.m.

A Pride 5k run at 8:30 a.m. at Moorhead Center Mall, 510 Center Ave., kick starts Saturday's festivities. At 11 a.m., Pride in the Park returns to Island Park, with over 160 vendors from local businesses participating.

New to the festivities this year is Pride Patio Palooza at Wild Terra Cider, 6 12th St. N., in downtown Fargo. They'll have food trucks and cider slushees, including a nonalcoholic option for the kids.


The final day of festivities ends with an Interfaith service at the Fargo Theatre, and the return of the Pride Parade to downtown Fargo.

Brandon Novak, FM Pride's marketing coordinator said the celebration isn't just a lot of fun, it's also a chance to show what LGBTQ+ people are all about.

"We are human people too, just like everyone else, and we have to stand up and let everybody know that we're here," Novak said. "And you know, we're not any different than anybody else."

Novak said they hold their pride celebrations in August rather than pride month in June to avoid competition with pride celebrations in other cities.

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