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Milwaukee cancelling PrideFest for 2021

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Milwaukee Pride Inc., the organizer of Milwaukee’s annual Pride celebration, announced on Tuesday that they were cancelling this year’s celebration for the second year in a row.

“After much consideration, we cannot move forward with planning a June 2021 festival without knowing how and when a vaccine will be distributed throughout our community equally” said Wes Shaver, Milwaukee Pride, Inc. President, in a press release. “It is still unclear as to how (or if) public gatherings will happen in 2021 and we cannot risk the health and wellbeing of our community by putting the festival ahead of the people it serves. Now, more than ever, we need to amplify the work of our community partners and increase accessibility and awareness of the many services, resources, and programs available to support LGBTQ+ people.”

The organization said that PrideFest was set to take place at the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds from Thursday, June 3-Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Milwaukee Pride said that COVID-19 was to blame.

The group’s board of directors is looking into alternative dates in the hope that it could be possible later in the year.

“We don’t want people to think there will be no PRIDE this year,” said Luke Olson, PrideFest festival producer and vice-president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “We simply want to ensure we’re taking the right steps forward. We hope people trust that our intentions are for the safety of the community, and for efforts for a digital Health & Wellness will continually put access at the forefront of our community efforts year-round.”

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