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Show your pride online: local Pride festival goes virtual

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DULUTH, MN -- Many events had to completely change their plans due to the pandemic, including this weekend's Duluth-Superior Pride Festival.

The 34th annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival is still on, but in a way that is unlike ever before.

Back in June, Duluth-Superior Pride decided to cancel the parade, which normally takes place Labor Day weekend.

The event draws in large crowds from both cities to enjoy live music, entertainment, and vendors.

Instead of an in-person parade, the Duluth-Superior Pride committee planned for their weekend of celebration to take place entirely on their Facebook page.

The weekend will include a silent auction, online concerts, and messages of support from community members.

Co-Chair of Duluth-Superior Pride Blake Sawle said his team is determined to make the festival happen, no matter what.

"As difficult as it is to do something like this, we're still going to do it," Sawle said. "It's still really important to us. We're not going to back down because of a pandemic."

The virtual festival kicks off this Thursday with the mayors of both Duluth and Superior giving a speech to show their support.

Festivities conclude on Sunday with a virtual worship service.

All of the events will be streamed on Duluth-Superior Pride's Facebook page.

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Kendall Jarboe

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