Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride will be held the weekend of August 15. The first such pride of its kind in Minnesota, the weekend will involve a beach party, a dance party, and a festival at Raspberry Island.

Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride was “created to bridge the gap between ethnic groups of color and mainstream LGBTQ association,” according to the group’s website. The organization’s mission includes the creation of a multi-cultural pride festival every August, and break down “ethnic and cultural barriers to highlight all of the resources offered to individuals, families and friends of people of color in the Twin Cities GLBTQ community.”

The weekend begins with a Mondo QTIPOC Beach Party at 50th Street beach on the east side of Lake Nokomis. “Look for the Rainbow Flags, the mini grills & hawt hawt queers!” the event invite reads. The event runs from noon to 5pm.

Saturday night features Relative Melanin, a QPOC dance party at Icehouse. “Move your melaninated body to the latest and greatest sounds curated by DJ KEEZY and DJ The Insomniac,” the event invite reads. The dance party starts at 10pm, is an age 21 and above event, and tickets in advance are $10 or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride Festival will take place on Sunday at Raspberry Island Park from noon to 6pm. The event will include food, live performances, music, and vendors.

Event organizers are still looking for community sponsors to help underwrite the costs of Minnesota People of Color LGBTQ Pride. Sponsorship details are available at the organization’s website.

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