Downtown Muskegon to host inaugural Pride Festival

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Muskegon Pride Center is partnering to host the city’s first Pride Festival next month.

In partnership with JCI Greater Muskegon, Muskegon Pride Center will host the festival, which will celebrate LGBTQIA2S+-owned businesses, artists, performers and supporters, on Saturday, June 4.

“I am so excited to be able to have a hand in making a celebration for pride that not only the city is allowing us to have but wanting to participate in,” said Jeffrey Pienela, president of Muskegon Pride Center. “This is not just a pride celebration showcasing being proud of who we are, but a showcase to celebrate the entire community coming together with acceptance and love.”

The all-day event will begin with a business and organization fair with over 40 vendors on Western Avenue from Jefferson to Third Street from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Vendors will include local small businesses, nonprofits and community agencies offering services to all eventgoers.

“I am very excited and honored to be a part of this amazing event. The representation and inclusion that it provides for all of our neighbors is unmeasurable,” said Michael Ramsey, a Muskegon city commissioner in Ward III. “Regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone is welcome.”

Live music, drag performances, poetry and children’s activities will take place at the Social Sandbox on the corner of Second Street and Western Avenue throughout the day. Headlining the Social Sandbox is DeJa Skye, a finalist in this year’s season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The festivities will continue with a drag show by Doll House Productions at Unruly Brewing at 8:30 p.m.

Those interested in becoming vendors or sponsors can contact Jeffrey Pienela at

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