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A flag flies at a previous St. Joe Pride festival. Its organizer, the MEEC, will hold a “Peace & Love Pub Crawl” on Saturday to help fund this year’s event.

While St. Joseph has many pub crawls throughout the year, there’s something special about an upcoming one that benefits a local organization.

The upcoming “Peace & Love Pub Crawl” will support the annual St. Joe Pride Fest, as well as the Midland Empire Equality Coalition. Daniel Ramming, president of the MEEC, said it’s remarkable how many bars are involved.

“When we used to hold meetings at places in St. Joe, they wouldn’t let us say it was it was MEEC meeting, it had to be something like ‘Bob’s Birthday,’” he said.

With registration starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Norty’s, 1117 Frederick Ave., the walking pub crawl will go up the street, ending at Cafe Acoustic with a “Rainbow After Party,” which will be emceed by DJ DieHard, starting at 9 p.m.

This is the second year for the event, which helps fund the annual LGBTQ pride festival in Downtown St. Joseph, happening Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Coleman Hawkins Park. Ramming said one of the big lessons learned from the debut run was to keep the crawl’s path at a reasonable distance since it’s meant for people to walk throughout the day.

“The first one was a little long,” he said, laughing.

The event is free, which means funds generated from the crawl are important.

“It helps fund the MEEC and Pride Fest and helps things run smoother,” Ramming said.

Admission to the Pub Crawl is $20 and includes a shirt, access to drink specials, drawings and the after party. Admission solely to the after party is $5. It is open to everyone 21 and older. Since the event involves walking, people are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live

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