Pride Family Picnic + Block Party is Larger and Prouder Than Ever

by Sara Eliot Steuer

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the strides that the LGBTQ+ community has made towards greater equality. Often celebrated around the world with a sea of rainbow flags, parades, and festivals, it’s also a time to recognize and reflect on the origins of a tradition steeped in the struggle for civil rights, the Stonewall uprising of 1969, and spearheaded by trailblazers for transgender rights like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

This year, Dubuque has much to celebrate. After increased interest in 2022 helped attract a crowd of over 500 – the largest to-date of any Pride event in the city’s history – the celebration has expanded into a block party complete with DJ, dance floor, kids’ activities, vendor and resource booths, and food trucks, all honoring the vibrancy that LGBTQ+ individuals bring to the city.

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