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Motor City Pride returns in June.

Pride feels a little bit different this year.

For the last two summers, Pride has been modified to adjust to the ever-changing climate of the pandemic. Well, outside is back open and there are a lot of reasons to celebrate.

While June might be Pride month, the celebrations are not limited to just those 30 days. They stretch across three months — meaning everyone can dance and celebrate their authentic selves all summer long.

So put together your best summer look and get ready to hit the streets. Here are a few Pride celebrations happening in metro Detroit.

Ferndale Pride

Ferndale Pride is not just a one weekend affair, it lasts the entire month of Pride.

Things kick off with the return of Rainbow Run, a spirited 5K race where participants get sprayed with colored, non-toxic powder as they complete the course.

Local Ferndale favorites Bobcat Bonnie’s, Ferndale Project, The Fly Trap, Pop’s For Italian, and One Eyed Betty’s get in on the action hosting brunch specials in support of Ferndale Pride.

Other events throughout the month include Bears in Speedos, a car wash fundraiser that supports the Ruth Ellis Center and Affirmations. A kid-friendly Drag Queen Storytime at the Ferndale Project, and an Open Mic Storytelling are also slated to happen during the month.

For a complete list of events including time, dates, and locations, see ferndalepride.com

Abigail’s Pride/Ortonville Pride Festival

Ortonville is getting its first Pride event, and it’s all thanks to a high school sophomore. Abigail Rowe started Abigail’s Pride because she realized there weren’t any Pride celebrations near her hometown.

The family-friendly “extravaganza” will start with a parade through downtown Ortonville leading into a festival that will have food trucks, live music, and a booth giving free hugs from moms and dads. Kids will be treated to their own kiddie carnival that will feature face-painting, rock painting, and a chance to take photos with princesses.

There will also be access to counselors on-site at the festival.

Abigail’s Pride will be on Saturday, June 4 in downtown Ortonville. The parade will begin at 11 am with the festival following immediately after.

Motor City Pride

Downtown Detroit will be painted with rainbows and love as Motor City Pride festival and parade returns to Hart Plaza.

Last year, festival goers found themselves partying in September as Michigan’s largest Pride celebration had to postpone its events due to the pandemic.

This year, Motor City Pride is back in June, just in time for the organization’s 50th anniversary.

The festival will be headlined by R&B, soul, and funk singer Jody Watley. Watley got her start with the funk band Shalamar in the late ’70s before branching out into her own successful solo career. The “Looking for a New Love” singer will take the stage at 7:30 pm on June 11 on the Pride Stage.

On Sunday, June 12, the Motor City Pride Parade will march through the streets of downtown Detroit.

Motor City Pride will be from 1-9 pm on Saturday, June 11 and noon-7 pm on Sunday, June 12 in Hart Plaza, 1 West Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Admission to the festival is $5, and children under 12 are free. The main entrance to the festival will be off Jefferson Avenue at the entrance to Hart Plaza.

Downtown Berkley Pride Block Party

The city of Berkley is celebrating with its first official Pride event. The inaugural Berkley Pride Block Party will kick off in downtown Berkley and give party goers a retro feel.

The family-friendly event will feature food trucks, adult yard games, kids crafts, a drag show, and more.

Berkley Pride Block Party will be from noon-4 pm on Saturday, June 26, on Robina Ave. just north of 12 Mile Rd. The event is free and will also offer free parking in downtown Berkley. For additional information, visit downtownberkley.com/berkleypride.

Hotter Than July

Yes, Pride is technically in June, but why should the celebrations stop there?

For more than 20 years, Hotter Than July has celebrated Detroit’s Black LGBTQ community. Last year’s events were virtual, but this year they are back in person and, dare we say, hotter than before. The weekend opens with a candlelight vigil, endorsed candidate forum, and an art show on July 15. On Saturday, July 16, Hotter Than July will take over MotorCity Sound Board as Grammy-award winning rapper Da Brat will serve as this year’s concert headliner . The weekend concludes with a worship service, brunch, and testing zone on Sunday.

Tickets for Hotter Than July presents Da Brat at MotorCity Sound Board begin at $41 and are available on Ticketmaster.com. For a complete list of events, including times and locations, see lgbtdetroit.org/hotterthanjuly.

Royal Oak Pride

Royal Oak Pride might be one of the later Pride events of the season, but that doesn’t mean you should count it out.

In August, Royal Oak Pride will bring a street festival and live entertainment to downtown Royal Oak.

On Friday, August 12, festival goers can see Ru Paul’s Drag Race alum Nina West perform in all of her glory. On Saturday, August 13, R&B singer Deborah Cox will headline the evening. There will be a Metro Detroit Drag Showcase both nights and a Donna Summer Tribute by Rainere Martin is slated for Saturday evening.

Event details are still being released for this event. To follow event updates, see facebook.com/RoyalOakPride.

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