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PrideFest - 1994
"Our Time To Shine"
- At A Glance -

June 11-12, 1994


Veteran's Park/ War Memorial Center Grounds




format: 6"w x 8.5"h
pages: 80 (incl covers)


Harvey Milk Stage;
Classic Car Show;
Dance Tent;
History Tent;
Volleyball Invitational;
new PrideFest Inc. incorporated


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In 1994, the original MLGPC was dissolved and the new PrideFest was incorporated.The 1994 Pride Fest moved from Juneau Park (where the celebrations had been held the previous 3 years) to Veteran's Park (on the War Memorial Center grounds) to accomodate the larger crowds and parking needed the expanding event. The celebration featured exhibits, three stages, a few dozen craftspeople and vendors, and a full two days of activities. Other highlights were the Harvey Milk Stage; a Classic Car Show; a Dance Tent; a History Tent; and a Volleyball Invitational.

The Board of Directors for 1994 Pride was (in the order they were listed in the Pride Guide):

  • Bill Meuner
  • Roberta Niggimeier
  • Miriam Ben-Shalom
  • Scott Gunkel
  • Mike Lisowski
  • Rick Finger
  • Sheldon Schur
  • DC and Anne Cooper
  • Scott Stewart
  • Michael Ross
  • John Sneider
  • Elden Murray
  • Bob Moore
  • Nick Nieskes
  • Steve Brondino
  • Neil Raasch



View images of select Guide pages:

1994 Pride Guide cover
(actual size: 5.25"w x 8"h)
(80 pages, newsprint)
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Ron Geiman and Jerry Johnson
Grand Marshalls of Pride Parade 1994

Photos in Quest Magazine
(Quest magazine, v1-#11, June 22-July 13, 1994, page 6)


View images of Flyer:

1994 Pride Flyer


PrideFest plans for 1994: theme "Stonewall 25 Our Time to Shine",
relocates to Veterans Park, extended to two full days;
New additions are first ever Dance Tent and History Display;
Back Door BBS service provides access to PrideFest information via modem!
(Wisconsin Light, v7-#2, Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 1994; page 5)

Planned activities for 1994 PrideFest: first time with two full days, and first time on the Lakefront just north of the Art Museum/ War Memorial Center
(In Step, v11-#11, June 2-15, 1994; page 36)
Planning for PrideFest and the Pride Parade, with a round-trip route beginning and ending on the Lincoln Memorial Bridge, with the farthest point south and west being Wisconsin Ave. at Jackson St.
(In Step, v11-#11, June 2-15, 1994; page 37)

Credits: design and arrangement by Don Schwamb, with materials contributed by PrideFest and Ted Berg.
Last updated: June-2010.