Pride of the Metro East Side

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While the city's main lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event, Pride St. Louis, is still more than a week away, folks across the river are kicking their heels up this weekend. It's Metro East Pride of Southwestern Illinois tomorrow in Belleville.

It's the fourth annual Metro East Pride, and it kicks off a whole summer of Pride events in the area, wrapping up in mid-August with St. Louis Black Pride.

Tomorrow will see plenty of booths, eats and beer. Folks from Black Pride, Pride St. Louis, Growing American Youth, TransHaven and the Human Rights Campaign will be on hand, along with many others.There will be bands, and the inimitable Dieta Pepsi will emcee part of the event.

And Metro East Pride is inaugurating a community service prize this year: the Brenda Grissom and Dixie Ruliffson Community Service Award.

Sounds like quite the party! 

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