Jackson to have its first Pride festival

JACKSON, Mich. — The Jackson City Council has unanimously approved the Michigan city’s first ever Pride festival.

MLive reported that the council approved the festival at its June 13 meeting.

The event will include a parade, vendors, bands and business involvement, the news site reported. It will be at CP Federal City Square on Aug. 5 in downtown Jackson.

“Pride is a part of the LGBT community,” Nikki Joly, Jackson Pride Center director, told MLive. “It encourages us not only to look where we’ve been, (but also to) celebrate where we’ve gone.”

The vote follows the passage of Jackson’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, which went into effect this past April. Joly told the website that Jackson’s pride was being held in August to avoid competition with Pride festivities in other Michigan cities.