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First Muskegon Pride Fest

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For the first time in city history, Muskegon will host a Pride festival this Saturday.

The first official pride festival in Muskegon comes 162 years after the city’s inaguration, and comes during Mayor Ken Johnson, the city’s first openly gay mayor’s first term in office.

According to city officials, the all-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community will include locally-owned businesses, artists, performers, and live music. DeJa Skye, a finalist from this year’s season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will also be headlining the event.

Jeffrey Pienela is the President of Muskegon Pride. He says support for the event has been widespread, but has also been a long time coming.

“This is the community coming together as one, in acceptance, tolerance, all of that. It’s not just LGBT people, it’s where everybody comes together, allies, LGBT people, straight people, it all. Mixing together to create this festival of love. It’s super super exciting!”

Pienela says, the communities’ passion brought the event together, coupled with the overwhelming support of city officials.

Muskegon Pride kicks off at 11am, and is a collaboration between the Muskegon Pride Center and JCI Greater Muskegon.

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