Thank you for a wonderful 2024 festival and parade!


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 2019 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.




Michigan’s largest pride celebration! Find out about the 2019 Motor City Pride Festival and start planning your visit today.



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



View the 2019 Motor City Pride guide for all the information you need on Motor City Pride activities and events.



Saturday, June 8th, 2024
Festival: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gates close at 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 9th, 2024
Parade: Noon
Festival: 12:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Gates close at 6:00 PM


The entrance gate will be located off Jefferson Avenue at the UAW-Ford building on the west side of Hart Plaza. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate with cash or card. Additionally tickets can be purchased ahead of time to expedite your experience.


The pride parade offers free viewing along the entire parade route.

Entrance into the festival is $5.00
There is no charge for youth 12 and under.


Hart Plaza
1 West Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226


Security will check bags and wand all individuals coming into the festival.  If possible we recommend leaving backpacks at home, or if you need one, to bring a small or clear bag to speed up the security lines.

These items are not allowed to be brought into the festival:

Firearms, knives, Tasers, clubs, pepper spray, hazardous chemicals, explosives or incendiary devices of any kind. Any items that security determines may have an adverse effect on the event.

Umbrellas, larger than a golf umbrella.

Beverages, including bottles of water
Bottles of water will be on sale at market prices at the festival. Liquid medications are allowed, but they may take a few extra minutes during the screening process.

Coolers, Hydration packs such as Camelbaks, empty water bottles are allowed

Bicycles, Skateboards and inline skates

Drones or remote controlled aircraft, cars or toys.

Flyers, samples, giveaways or promotional items, unless they are from a registered exhibitor.

Air Horns

Laser Pointers

Poles, including ones used for banners


Public Transportation To The Festival

Detroit Department of Transportation

The Qline
There is no charge to ride. If you know of a good parking place along Woodward Avenue, it will be a convenient way to arrive just a block from the festival entrance.


People Mover

Metro Detroit’s non-profit bike share organization wants to help you get to Motor City Pride as easily as possible. With four stations within a few blocks of Hart Plaza and dozens more scattered around downtown, you can plan to park and ride with ease. For more information, visit


An Accessibility Entrance is located where Woodward meets Jefferson Avenue

We recommend purchasing your tickets prior to arriving at the festival to expedite admission at this entrance

Wheelchairs and canes are welcome

Each area with restrooms will have a unit that will accommodate a wheelchair

The Pride Stage will have ASL interpreters

Individuals with dietary needs may bring in food for their consumption, through the accessibility entrance

Families with young children may bring in food and small beverage containers for the children


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


The festival has 14 different food vendors and food trucks that will be selling a wide variety of foods from vegetarian items, noodles, chicken, burgers, and hot dogs. These booths will also have soft drinks and water available for purchase.


We are designating Vendor and Sponsor Rows and the lower level of the plaza as no smoking areas.  If you choose to smoke in other areas of the festival, we ask you to be considerate of those around you.


While we love our pets, because of the hot pavement and large crowds, only service animals that are specifically trained to aid a person with a disability will be allowed at the festival.



Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th
Hart Plaza, Detroit
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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.


To host a successful festival, we are looking for 200 volunteers to help with festival operations. You may sign up for one or more of the 4-hour shifts. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people while helping with this large community event.

In addition to assisting with the festival, each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt along with vouchers for food or beverage.


View the outstanding Motor City Pride entertainment lineup


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

Motor City Pride traces its roots back to June 1972 when the first march was held downtown Detroit to protest the homophobic laws and to work for recognition for LGBT Rights and Equality. After holding the march for a few years, it expanded to include a picnic after the march which has grown into our current festival.

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.

From 2009 to 2017, Motor City Pride was headed up by a core group of Triangle Foundation volunteers that formed the Motor City Pride Planning Committee. Triangle Foundation merged with Michigan Equality to form Equality Michigan; in 2012, Motor City Pride relocated to Hart Plaza in Detroit and expanded to two days with 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 in founding its own 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization so the planning committee could concentrate on growing the festival and allowing Equality Michigan to focus on its core mission of victim services, education, and policy work. Since that time, the festival has grown to attract over 55,000 attendees. 

The Mission of Motor City Pride:  Fostering Pride in and respect for the LGBTQ community.

Motor City Pride works to achieve this mission by producing the annual Motor City Pride Festival and Parade and through other community events throughout the year.

We look at our work in three pillars:

Advocating – Pride grew out of the protest in the ’50s and ‘60s to today’s work to advocate for equal rights and protections for all Michiganders.

Connecting – The annual festival allows individuals to connect with organizations, clubs, companies, and other individuals to learn about services and activities available for our community and agencies working to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals.

Celebrating – Pride is about celebrating the advances that we have achieved while working for full equality for all.


Office Address:

440 Burroughs Street
Suite 523
Detroit, MI 48202

Festival Address:

Hart Plaza
1 West Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226

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