Traverse City Pride Week Closes in a Big Way

Special Guests include Dana Nessel and Chasten Buttigieg

There was a big crowd for the big finale of Pride Week in Traverse City.

The week has been full of special events, like short films, an art show, and performances. But Saturday, thousands of people turned out for a Pride Picnic at F & M Park. The event included live entertainment and a supportive atmosphere for the LGBTQ community.

Guest speakers included the founders of Up North Pride, Elon and Jonny Cameron, as well as Traverse City’s Mayor Jim Carruthers, and Chasten Buttigieg – a Traverse City native and the husband of Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. He told the crowd, “You are perfect just the way you are in this space. Everyone here loves you for exactly who you are. So welcome to Pride.”

Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel, the first openly gay candidate elected to Michigan state office, served as the event’s Grand Marshal. She told 9&10 News it was important to be here. “Celebrating pride and trying to make sure that people from the LGBTQ community and our allies understand that they have a state government that really cares about them and wants to protect them. And feels as though it’s important that everybody in the state has equal rights and equal dignity under the law.”

After the picnic and rally in the park, Nessel led thousands of “Pride” attendees in a “Visibility March” through downtown Traverse City. Streets were closed off as the parade walked down Front Street, and the march ended at the Open Space for an LGTQ group celebration.