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In fact, the experience turned out to be a rallying point for many people in the LGBT community, spurring more people to get involved with the community. Milwaukee parts courtesy of InStep magazine, remainder by Don Schwamb Soon after the dust settled in Greenwich Village ingay civil rights organizations sprang up all over the country. Everything was made possible due to the individual contributions of hundreds of volunteers, many volunteering labor equivalent to part-time or even full-time jobs. The marches also featured the very visible support of local government officials, and a wide variety of community nonprofits and for-profit businesses, and formed the foundation for coalition-building efforts in years to come with other groups working for civil rights and social justice. Having outgrown the Juneau Park area, the new PrideFest event was moved to Veterans Park, featuring exhibits, several stages for entertainment, craftspeople and vendors, multiple food outlets and a full two days of activity. Entertainment and food were added, creating a festival atmosphere.

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Since the early 's the MAGIC picnic has been one of the state's leading summer events for gays and lesbians, usually sited in Brittingham Park.

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Celebrating 30 summers of pride

In a city and county that had already seen more than a decade of multiple pioneering successful openly lesbian and gay candidates for local office, the marches also had a marked positive political effect, including boosting efforts at the level of Madison Council and Dane County Board to pass legislation providing some measure of domestic partner benefits. As with many Pride organizations, a transition occurred leading up to the next year. Throughout the 's and much of the 's, the patio behind Rod's bar also became "the place to be" the Saturday evening and night of the annual Pride celebration in Madison. In general, the successful organizing efforts that surrounded these initial marches also provided a positive example of what greater Madison's LGBT community members could accomplish working together—laying the groundwork for the political mobilization and coalition-building work that would eventually lead to the election, from Madison, of the nation's first openly lesbian Congresswoman. Since the early 's the MAGIC picnic has been one of the state's leading summer events for gays and lesbians, usually sited in Brittingham Park. In the 20th anniversary year of PRIDE, their pride committee honored the contributions of the founders of Madison's first major march in described aboveby asking them to serve as parade marshals. The version of this event,was "Wisconsin Capitol Pride" [1].

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Throughout the 's and much of the 's, the patio behind Rod's bar also became "the place to be" the Saturday evening and night of the annual Pride celebration in Madison. With permanent stages complete with professional lighting, food buildings, vendor pavilion and support of the staff from Milwaukee World Festivals Inc, the managing body of the park, PrideFest joined 13 other festivals that used the park for their events. While each of these major marches in and was judged to be extremely successful by most measures, the human and financial resources necessary to continue to produce an ongoing series of events on this scale proved to be prohibitive which also explains, in part, why the second major march occurred over 2 years after the first. As with many Pride organizations, a transition occurred leading up to the next year. View the PrideFest web site at this link will open in a separate browser window.

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