Flint Pride Festival returns to downtown Flint for 9th year

FLINT, Michigan — The 9th annual Flint Pride festival is planned for 2-8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Riverbank park in downtown Flint with a slew of family-friendly events including entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, live music, food, and love.

Hosted by Wellness Services, a $5 donation is suggested for the celebration formally called Flint Pride in the Park. 

The festivities also includes Drag Reviews at 3 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. as well as a Mini Ball — which includes a runway, a special edition of Flint’s Got Talent, and a best dressed and Vogue competition. 

Wellness Services will be doing free HIV in the University of Michigan-Flint Pavilion. Anyone over the age of 13 is eligible to be tested.

Free Mom Hugs Michigan will also be on hand at the event until 5p.m. offering unwavering support and, of course, hugs for anyone and everyone.

The local celebration of Pride month continues after the downtown festival with a Pride After Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Pachyderm Pub with a show starting at 10:30 p.m.

The 4th Annual Post Pride Brunch also will be at Pachyderm from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Hosted by the Equality Caucus of Genesee County, tickets are $10. A breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, pastries, fruit, and biscuits & gravy is included. A Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar will also be available at additional cost. 

For more information, visit the Flint Pride Facebook page.

Enjoy this story? Sign up for free solutions-based reporting in your inbox each week.

Read more articles by Ashley Schafer.