Twin Cities Pride kicks off in St. Paul for first time ever with a Saints game


This year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival will kick off at CHS Field with a Saints game. This is the first time in TC Pride history the festival will begin in St. Paul.

The largest weekend of Twin Cities Pride takes place in Minneapolis every year, with a two-day event complete with a festival and parade.

But this year, for the first time in the event’s history, the festivities will begin in St. Paul, as the St. Paul Saints and TC Pride have teamed up for the first of its kind event for the two organizations.

This is the first time in TC Pride history that it will be an official corporate partner with a professional sports team. Pride weekend kicks off on Friday, June 24, at CHS Field with the Saints vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes game. The Saints will don rainbow uniforms with proceeds from the auction of the jersey’s going toward Pride.

The first 1,000 fans entering through the gates that night will receive rainbow flags and that night’s fireworks music will be the songs of Queen.

“LGBTQ communities across our state and country have historically experienced significant intolerance and marginalization in sports culture,” said Twin Cities Pride executive director, Dot Belstler, in a press release. “Twin Cities Pride is proud to partner with the St. Paul Saints as they recognize and seek to support and amplify LGBTQ voices.”

Pride weekend continues on Saturday, June 25, with an all-day free festival in Loring Park in Minneapolis, and concludes on Sunday, June 26, with the 2016 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade beginning at 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis at 11 am

For more information on the TC Pride-sponsored Saints game, visit

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