Pride Festival to Serve as Summer Launch of Campaign to Defeat Marriage Amendment
Campaign set to galvanize thousands upon thousands of people gathering for Twin Cities PRIDE
Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 612-460-1219
June 18, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN – Minnesotans United for All Families – the official campaign working to defeat the amendment that would limit the freedom to marry in Minnesota – will host a series of events during the week leading up to and during the Twin Cities PRIDE Festival, an event that brings more than 350,000 people from around the state to Minneapolis’ Loring Park. As Minnesotans gear up for the fall elections, the campaign to defeat the marriage amendment will launch a massive effort to talk to thousands upon thousands of people throughout the celebration, encouraging them to Vote No on November 6 and to talk with their friends and neighbors about why defeating this amendment matters to them.
Throughout the week, the campaign will celebrate PRIDE by hosting the first-ever Governor’s Reception Tuesday, staging a massive presence at the festival and in Sunday’s parade, and hosting several events. This year’s festival will serve as an opportunity to galvanize thousands upon thousands of people into action. Please note: the following events will be open to the media.
First-Ever Minnesota Governor’s Pride Reception to benefit Minnesotans United for All Families
Tuesday, June 19 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (program at 7:00 p.m.)
Courtyard at Washington Lofts | 801 Washington Ave N | Minneapolis, MN 55401
Governor Mark Dayton; Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom; Co-hosts David Potter & Darwin Lookingbill, Jeremy Bue, Project 515; Music by Larry McDonough, Carol Bergquist and Richard Terrill
Pride Festival Booth Construction
Thursday, June 21 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Loring Park, booth G004, Green Section between pond and basketball court
Volunteers and staff will spend the day constructing the Minnesotans United booth for Pride, prepping all arrangements for the ground efforts over the weekend
515 – The Tour! At the Cowles Center
Thursday, June 21 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Project 515 Players recently presented its show on a statewide tour about the 515 state laws that treat same-sex couples differently than straight couples.
Twin Cities Pride Festival – Booth
Saturday, June 23 | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Minnesotans United for All Families will have a booth, serving as a focal point for the hundreds of volunteers canvassing the festival talking with people about volunteering, collecting donations and encouraging people to vote no on the proposed amendment. Attendees will be recruited to attend volunteer and conversation trainings taking place throughout the weekend at the Minneapolis office for MN United, located adjacent to Loring Park.
Twin Cities Pride Parade
Sunday, June 24 | 11:00 a.m.
Parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin, ends at Spruce and Hennepin
The 2012 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade is set to draw more than 125,000 spectators. Mayor R.T. Rybak calls it the largest parade in all of Minneapolis. Minnesotans United for All Families will have a float that will include volunteers and community leaders walking in the parade canvassing the crowd of spectators, talking with people about voting no and soliciting donations and volunteers.
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