Motor City Pride is a volunteer run organization devoted to spreading awareness of the LGBTQ community through our community events.


Discover the rich history of pride movements in the United States and learn more about Motor City Pride’s important place within the LGBTQ equality movement in Detroit.



Motor City Pride hosts several fantastic events throughout the year. Find out more about upcoming event details and make your plans to attend.



Motor City Pride would like to invite you to be an exhibitor at our 2017 Festival. Join the largest LGBTQ gathering in Michigan, which draws tens of thousands of attendees.



Motor City Pride would not be possible without the assistance of our supporters. Learn more about these supporters and find out how to get your group involved.



On the night of June 27, 1969, the usual crowd gathered at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. New York Beverage Control Board agents and NYC police officers raided the bar to enforce an alcohol control law that was seldom imposed anywhere else in the city.

Raids on Gay establishments, however, were common at the time and were conducted regularly with little or no resistance. Fearful Gay patrons were often physically forced out of their gathering places, sometimes beaten, and arrested, with no just cause just for simply congregating.

On this historic night, Lesbians, Gay men and Drag Queens came together to fight back against police harassment for the first time. The crowd inside and outside of the bar erupted into violent resistance against the officers.

Word spread quickly about the confrontation and outraged crowds gathered on subsequent nights to protest the mistreatment historically inflicted on the Gay community. These protests came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion, with the uprising serving as the catalyst for the modern political movement for Gay and Lesbian liberation.

Now, Gay and Lesbian Pride events are planned annually each June throughout North America to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and to continue the GLBT community struggle for equality.

The Origins of Motor City Pride

In 1986, a relatively new organization, the Michigan Organization for Human Rights (MOHR), organized Michigan's first Gay and Lesbian march in Detroit.

From 1986-1988, the civil rights march took place down Woodward Avenue followed by a rally at Kennedy Square. A party took place at the McGregor Center on the campus of Wayne State University following the rally, organized by a small number of dedicated Gay and Lesbian groups and volunteers.

In 1989, the Gay and Lesbian civil rights march was moved to the more central location of Lansing to attract statewide participation and political awareness as well as to celebrate the 20th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Riots, the beginning of the modern day movement of equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizens.  Metropolitan Detroit was left without a LGBT march, rally and party, so during this same year, the first official Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival was founded and chaired by Frank Colasonti, Jr. and sponsored by the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council (DAGLC).  It began the tradition of being held on the first Sunday of June.  That year the Pride Festival took place on the Dearborn Campus of the University of Michigan in the gymnasium. In 1990, the event’s name was officially changed to PrideFest, and was relocated to the Royal Oak campus of Oakland Community College.

In 1992, the new chairman Michael C. Lary broke away from DAGLC and created the independent organization South East Michigan Pride to continue the mission of bringing the GLBT community together.  His leadership continued until 2001. During this time period the official name of PrideFest became PrideFest Celebration!

In 2001, the PrideFest Celebration officially transferred to the Triangle Foundation as part of Triangle’s community outreach activities.  In 2003, it was officially renamed Motor City Pride and moved to downtown Ferndale. From 2002 to 2008 it was chaired by Fred Huebener and Jackie Anding, and coordinated by Kevin McAlpine, Development Director at the Triangle Foundation.

Since 2009 Motor City Pride has been headed up by a core group of Triangle Foundation volunteers that form the Motor City Pride Planning Committee.  Triangle Foundation merged with Michigan Equality to form Equality Michigan; in 2012 Equality Michigan expanded the festival to two days and saw the return of a parade to the festival lineup of events.  The festival grew to drawing over 35,000 participants and featuring over 200 performers.  In 2017 Equality Michigan assisted Motor City Pride founding its own 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization so the planning committee could concentrate on growing the festival, and to allow Equality Michigan to concentrate on its core mission of victim services, education and policy work.



Join us at our next community meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm.The meeting will be at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs Street, Detroit.


Michigan’s largest pride celebration! Find out about the 2017 Motor City Pride Festival and start planning your visit today.



Sunday of pride weekend starts the day off with our annual pride parade.



To pay respect to those in our community we lost to violence and intolerance we will be holding a candlelight vigil.


Motor City Pride

March 4, 2017
Dearborn Performing Arts Center

With 1,000 people attending, get your tickets today before they are sold out!

Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue at Greenfield (just east of Southfield Fwy.) in Dearborn, Michigan

Advanced Tickets: $30

Host Hotel

Courtyard Detroit-Dearborn
5200 Mercury Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

Mention “ComedyFest” to receive a special room rate of $97.00 per night on March 3 and 4, 2017

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Saturday June 10th & Sunday June 11th
Hart Plaza, Detroit



Saturday June 10th

Sunday June 11th


There will be three entrances to the festival, one along Jefferson Avenue, one at the west end by the Ford UAW building and one along the Detroit River walkway.


There is a $5.00 cover charge.

There is no charge for youth 12 and under.


Security will check bags coming into the festival.  The following items are not allowed to be brought in: Beverages, including bottles of water
(Bottles of water will be available for $1.00)
Umbrellas larger than a golf umbrella
Roller blades and skate boards


Bicycles can be secured inside the main entrance gate.


Saturday, June 10, 2017
1:00 p.m.         Entrances Open
7:30 p.m.         Entrances Close
8:00 p.m.         Festival Ends

Sunday, June 11, 2017
11:00 am          Parade Step-off
12:00 noon      Entrances Open
6:30 p.m.         Entrances Close
7:00 p.m.         Festival Ends


  • Underground Ford Lot. At the center intersection of Jefferson and Woodward Avenues.  This lot is the closest to Hart Plaza (700 spaces).
  • Cobo Hall Roof Lot (625 West Congress Street). 1,000+ spaces
  • The two parking structures on Beaubien Street East of the Renaissance Center
  • The Millennium lot at 432 West Congress
  • The Miller Structure on the west side of the Renaissance Center is convenient, but rates can be the most expensive
  • There are also many other lots around the city for less, and you can take the People Mover to the Cobo Hall or Financial District Stops.


There are two sets of restrooms with running water on the lower level of the Plaza.  There will also be portable facilities near the riverfront entrance.


The festival has 14 different food vendors and food trucks that will be selling everything from vegetarian items and grilled food to pizza and burgers.  These booths will also have soft drinks and water available for purchase.

Our beverage areas will feature a selection of domestic beer along with local craft beer.  Frozen Margaritas and daiquiris along with a selection of vodka mixed drinks will be available.


While we love our pets, because of the hot pavement and large crowds, we encourage you to keep them in the comfort of your home.  If you do bring a pet, only pets that can walk into the festival and are on a leash will be allowed.


Check the weather – we are hoping that you will need sunscreen, but since it’s Michigan, you may also want to have an umbrella (remember nothing larger than a golf umbrella). Hart Plaza has a lower level that will provide some shelter from any severe weather that might pass through.


Saturday June 11th & Sunday June 12th
Hart Plaza, Detroit
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11:00am, Sunday June 11th

Any questions regarding the parade?

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8:00pm, Saturday June 10th

Motor City Pride will gather and pay respect to those we lost to violence both within the Michigan LGBTQ+ community and globally including the 49 lives that were tragically lost at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

We invite you to join us in a candlelight vigil on June 10th at 8PM following the close of our festival on Saturday night. The vigil is open to everyone in the community who seeks peace and tolerance & will be free of charge to attend. Illumination devices will be provided as supplies permit. We continue to stand with all who are affected by violence and intolerance.


Motor City Pride would not be possible without the help and assistance we receive from our amazing community partners and the business sponsors of the festival. We would love to find a place for your group or organization within our festival. Please reach out to us today so we can setup a time to connect and discuss your needs.

Local Pride Partners

Are you a local business interested in showing your support for pride and the LGBTQ community? Become a pride partner today and receive recognition for your support and our exclusive window cling to display for all your customers to see. Contact Us to find out how


Be a part of the pride crew at Motor City Pride and help make this community event happen!

Any questions about volunteering?

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View the full entertainment and stage schedules for Motor City Pride 2017!


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440 Burroughs Street
Suite 650
Detroit, MI 48202

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