By By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group
Twin Cities Pride is traditionally an anchor of the summer season, a month-long party that culminates in the festival at Loring Park, the Pride march, and related concerts, dance parties, and other events around the cities.
For 2020, Pride was suspended as we were still in the thick of the early stages of the pandemic and our community was unable to safely come together. This year, Pride is back, albeit in a scaled-down version. A smaller festival will be held in Loring Park, the march is cancelled this year, and there will be no concerts or Fireworks at Loring. Nevertheless, there are still a variety of great events that you can participate in; see the official schedule for more information.
While Minnesota has made amazing strides at controlling the pandemic and the state’s case rate is currently low, ongoing caution is still warranted, due to Delta and other variants becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. The best thing you can do if you are worried about the Delta variant is to get vaccinated! And you have a variety of options available to you right at the Loring festival. That’s right: not one, not two, but all three COVID-19 vaccines will be available FOR FREE at the Pride Festival on July 17 and 18.
Here’s what you need to know:
For the Johnson & Johnson (1-dose) vaccine: Minnesota Department of Health will be providing free shots on its vax bus at the Willow Street cul de sac (near the Lyft/Uber site).
For the Moderna or Pfizer (2-dose) vaccines: The Minneapolis Health Department will have Pfizer and Moderna at two vendor booths on opposite sides of the park, and their staff will help you to make a plan to get the necessary second dose.
The Latest on COVID-19 in Minnesota
All eligible Minnesotans can now walk in for a COVID-19 vaccine at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations. 17 and younger must receive consent from a parent or guardian, so the state encourages families to walk in and get vaccinated together! Find the location that’s right for your family by clicking here.
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