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PrideFest has been postponed as Milwaukee's summer festival season remains in flux

Milwaukee's summer festival schedule remains in flux. This morning PrideFest announced that it has canceled its June event. The festival, which was the first major Milwaukee festival to cancel last year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, says that it is considering possible alternate dates in late summer or early fall, if circumstances and public safety allow.

“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” Milwaukee Pride President Wes Shaver said in a statement. “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.” He added, “We just don’t know what parameters will be set for admission to public gatherings—they could include proof of a Covid test or vaccination or other restrictions. What an awful reality to be told that you can’t come in!”

"While we are disappointed there won't be a four-day festival in June, we look forward to serving the community in a new capacity with our digital Health & Wellness directory," the festival's organizers wrote on Facebook.

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PrideFest is the first major Milwaukee festival to announce a cancellation or postponement this year, though it remains to be seen whether the other annual events at the Summerfest grounds will be able to go on as scheduled.

Summerfest is currently scheduled for three weekends over late June and early July.