Pride: 2021: How to Celebrate

Pride: 2021: How to Celebrate

By: Shelby Smith

June 17, 2021

June is Pride Month, Michiganders! With the unending pandemic stretching into yet another summer, Pride looks a little different than it used to. More than halfway through the month, there are still opportunities around the area to celebrate virtually and otherwise.

June 20 @ 1 PM | Livingston County 

Livingston County is hosting an in-person event on the lawn of the Howell Courthouse. The event will open with a speech followed by a parade through downtown. The event is free and all are welcome to celebrate the community.

June 20 | Grand Rapids (Virtual)

Grand Rapids is celebrating pride online this year. The online event will feature a variety of community building events including readings, performances, crafts and more. The event is free to all.

June 25 @ 2 PM | Flint

Flint Pride is hosting a cookout event from 2-6 PM. The event will include music and vendors as well as free HIV and Hep C tests for people in attendance.

June 25 @ 6 PM | Holland’s Run with PRIDE 5k

Join others to run a 5k on the waterfront in Holland or opt to join virtually and stay connected from wherever you are. The race will begin in waves to avoid large crowds. Holland’s celebrations don’t stop there, though. See here for how to celebrate Pride all summer in Holland.

June 26 @ 4 PM | Marquette’s Ride with Pride

To celebrate Pride safely this year, the Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride is hosting a “Ride with Pride” where participants are invited to deck themselves and their bikes out in their most colorful gear.

June 26 @ 10 AM | Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe Pride is hosting a parade and inviting people to join them for a 2.5 mile route.

June 27 @ 1 PM | Rochester

Rochester Pride will be held at the Amphitheater in Rochester Municipal Park. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and others will speak at the event. RSVPs are requested. 

June (Ongoing) | Kalamazoo (Virtual)

In place of an in-person event this year, Kalamazoo is celebrating Pride with ongoing virtual events this month. The city is also hosting a Pride Interfaith Service on June 27 at 3 PM.

July 23-25 | Detroit’s Hotter Than July (Hybrid)

Hotter Than July is a three-day event, also known as Detroit’s Black Gay Pride. The event will be a combination of in-person and virtual events to bring the community together. The live streamed Virtual Ball will take place on July 25 and recognize a number of prominent activists.

August 7 @ 10 AM | Ann Arbor (Virtual)

Ann Arbor is building a digital community this summer with an all-day virtual pride. The virtual event will include live music, drag shows, a kid zone and more.

August 28 @ 12 PM | Transgender Pride in the Park in Ferndale (Hybrid)

Transgender Michigan is hosting a hybrid event at Martin Road Park in Ferndale this year where there will be a bring-your-own-food picnic, some vendors and a virtual mall.

September 18-19 | Detroit’s Motor City Pride

Postponed from June, Motor City Pride is looking to bring some (hopefully) post-pandemic celebration to Detroit in September. The event’s planning is ongoing as circumstances change.

October 2 | Ferndale

Ferndale Pride has been postponed with hopes of having a more normal festival in October. The event’s planning is ongoing as circumstances change.

October 16 | Macomb

Macomb Pride is organizing its first ever Pride Festival for the county, held in downtown Mount Clemens. The event is set to feature a street fair with fun and food for all ages.

Find the right fit for you and celebrate Pride this year!

Shelby Smith has a BA in English and professional and public writing from MSU. She is currently pursuing a certificate to teach high school English so she can enthuse about rhetoric, grammar and empathy to the next generation. When not writing for “The Current” she can be found embroidering pride flags and drinking a very large cup of tea.