Monday, July 1, 2013

Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade | Minneapolis Lifestyle Photography

Sunday I proudly attended the 2013 Twin Cities Pride’s Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade for the first time. The parade was a celebration of the continued support for equality and inclusiveness in Minnesota for GLBT rights. This year’s theme was “I Have Pride” and concentrated the festivities on raising awareness for individuals’ dedication to 6 pillars - Strength, Enthusiasm, Happiness, Growth, Confidence and Power.

The timing of the parade could not have been better! It was a great month in Minnesota for GLBT supporters with the passage of a new law which legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota and last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that extends federal benefits to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal.

The parade kicked off at 11:00am with the Grand Marshal, Chris Kluwe, former outspoken Viking’s punter along with other winners of the 2013 Pride Awards: Community Pride Shades of Yellow (SOY), Everyday Hero Brent Dundore Photography and Corporate Achievement St. Jude Medical.

The parade had a party feel from the foam party float to the Hell’s Kitchen rainbow balloons and even a marriage proposal. It was such a fun event to capture on camera!

It was a wonderful experience to see how happy everyone was and to be a part of history! What was also inspiring was to see the large Minnesota companies being a part of the parade; Target, St. Jude, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Delta, Best Buy, 3M, UPS, General Mills, HCMC and others (see the full list at the bottom of the blog).

For those who are not familiar with Ashely Rukes, she was a transgender woman who was active in many social GLBT issues and the director of the Twin Cities Pride Parade for many years. Twin Cities Pride changed the name of the parade to the “Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade” in honor of its late former director.

To learn more about the parade and show support, please visit their website: TWIN CITIES PRIDE.


The 2013 Parade Sponsors:
Delta-Target-UPS-White Bear Mitsubishi-Best Buy-Bud Light-Xfinity-Wells Fargo-US Bank-Rock Bottom Brewery-General Mills-Care with Pride-City Pages-RBC Wealth Management-Sam Adams-AARP-Cub Foods- Barefoot Wine & Bubbly-SCENE-First Equity Mortgage-The Graves Hotel-Lavender-Dataride-Marriott Downtown City Center-Fabulous Functions-Fanfare Attractions-RMH Partners-Allina  

The 2013 Parade Line-Up 
  Minneapolis & St. Paul Police Departments
Twin Cities Pride Banner
Dykes on Bikes
Twin City Riders
Rainbow Flag
Leather Flag
North Star Gay Rodeo
Community Pride Award Winner--Shades of Yellow (SOY)
Corporate Achievement Award Winner--St. Jude Medical
Everyday Hero Award Winner--Brent Dundore
Grand Marshal --Chris Kluwe
White Bear Mitsubishi
Governor Mark Dayton
Minneapolis City Council
Episcopal Church in MN / St. Mark's Cathedral
Mpls City Council Member Diane Hofstede
Delta Air Lines
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Human Rights Campaign
Chris Coleman for Saint Paul
Best Buy
Minnesota Freedom Band
Imperial Court of Minnesota
Wells Fargo
Justin's Gift
United Family Medicine
Save-A-Bull Rescue
Heltzer & Houghtaling, P.A.
W Minneapolis - The Foshay
City Pages
Kindest Cut + Secondhand Hounds
Laura Jeffrey Academy
Hennepin Technical College GSA
A Rotta Love Plus & MN Pit Bull Rescue
Family Tree Clinic
MN Renaissance Festival
United Methodist Reconciling Churches
Plymouth Congregational Church
SlutWalk Minneapolis
Radio K
Minnesota NORML
ACLU of Minnesota
 Amy Ruzick & Kay T. Johnson with RE/MAX Results
Twin Cities Quorum
Out for Equity
Roxxy Hall Band
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
PFLAG Twin Cities
Moxie Hair Salon
Minnesota AIDS Project
Jim Hanbury / Dunk Tank
Red Ribbon Ride
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates Justice Commission
Stonewall DFL
 General Mills GLBT Employee Network; Betty's Family
Minnesota Atheists
Out4Good - Minneapolis Public Schools
Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP)
Primetimers - Minneapolis Chapter
United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
Cryogenic Laboratories
Dataride /
Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests/Faith Mennonite Church
Winton for Mayor
Prairie Fire Lady Choir
Carleton College & Friends
Sen. Dibble, Rep. Clark, & MN Legislators
Project 515
OutFront Minnesota
101.3 KDWB
Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
Kaskaid Hospitality
First Christian Church of Minneapolis / Disciples Churches of Minnesota
Twin Cities Theater & Dance Community
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Pie Essentials
5th Congressional District Green Party of Minnesota
Delta Lambda Phi - Delta Chapter
Rainbow Health Initiative
US Bank
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District
Hell's Kitchen
Black Hearts Burlesque
LEAGUE at AT&T: Minnesota
Motorwerks MINI
90's Minneapolis
myTalk 107.1 KTMY
Rudolphs Minneapolis
OutServe - SLDN Northern Tier Chapter
Twin Cities Area Unitarian Universalists
Avalon Charter School
Pizza Luce
Minnesota AFL-CIO
North Star Roller Girls
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN
St. Cloud Pride
St. Cloud State University
Grown & Sexy Productions
BiCities! Local Cable Access TV Show
Mayhem Rugby Football Club
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center
Prism Campus Alliance
Drumheart: Women's Drum Center
eagleBOLT bar
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Mormon Allies
Catholics Celebrating Marriage Equality
The Saloon
The Firm Minneapolis 
Minneapolis & St. Paul Fire Departments


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