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Pride on parade: Local LGBT community celebrates with weekend of events

Sara Watson Curry (center), now a Moorhead City Council Member, waves as she marches in the 2014 Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade. Forum file photo1 / 3
Rainbow flags in downtown means the annual FM Pride Week is upon us. Forum file photo2 / 3
Participants in the 2015 F-M Pride parade wave to the crowd. Forum file photo3 / 3

FARGO—The rainbow flags have gone up on Broadway and Fargo-Moorhead Pride has arrived.

Organizers say that with participants traveling from around North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Canada, the event celebrating lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender identity is one of the largest such rural events.

"We are expecting greater attendance this year as turnout continues to grow year after year," says Brandon Elverud, marketing co-chair for FM Pride.

Things get rolling tonight with a family-friendly night of bowling at Moorhead's All Star Bowl from 6 to 10 p.m. Karaoke and trivia is on tap at Fargo's Rhombus Guys Pizza at 9 p.m.

Hearts were on display in the 2015 FM Pride Parade. This year, the parade starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Forum file photo

Friday kicks off the weekend in proper style with the Glow Party at Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo starting at 9 p.m. White attire is encouraged for this colorful evening, featuring DJ Ryan Bejlovec playing this event for ages 18-and-older event. Tickets are $10.

Saturday starts with a 5K run at 10 a.m. in Woodlawn Park, Moorhead, followed by Pride in the Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring more than 100 vendors for this family-friendly event. New this year is the Pet Pride Contest, with prizes for best pet-owner look-alike contest, best tail-wagger/pet trick, best puppy and senior dogs and best costume.

The event leads into the Youth Drag Show at 6 p.m. at the Stage in Island Park.

On the other side of the river, the FM Pride Block Party starts bumping at 6 p.m. at Usher's House in Moorhead with DJ Joyride supplying the tunes; the drag show, hosted by Nina DiAngelo and featuring special guest Detox, starts at 8 p.m. From 11 until close, the beat goes on inside Usher's with DJs Joyride and Star IV.

An interfaith service at the Fargo Theatre starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the FM Pride Parade at 2 p.m., starting at NP Ave. and Broadway, Fargo, and heading north to Fourth Ave., N. A rally will follow immediately at the former Broadway Theatre Garage on 4th Ave., N., and Broadway.

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