One of the missions of Minnesota Atheists is to educate the public about atheism and atheists.  We also strive to support equal treatment under the law, which is why we are such strong advocates for equal rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, whether an individual identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, transgender, or any other orientation, you deserve to be treated equally under the law.

In 2008, we participated in five gay pride festivals, the May Day Parade and Festival in Minneapolis, the Day of Reason at the State Capitol Rotunda as well as the State Fair through our radio show.  Our weekly radio show also serves as an important outlet to the community.


Minnesota Atheists is proud to participate in the following events throughout the state:

May Day Parade and Festival - First Sunday in May

Powderhorn Park
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Admission is Free

May Day Parade 2012

In the spring of 1975, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre began the Minneapolis tradition of the MayDay Ceremony, a celebration to honor the return of spring. Now the MayDay Ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities. Each year, a 200-person pageant re-tells the story of that year's parade, with children and adult dancers, puppeteers, a live orchestra and four giant serene puppets who represent the Prairie, Sky, River, and Woods. Minnesota Atheists participates every year, marching in the May Day Parade and staffing an information booth on the grounds of the festival.

Day of Reason - First Thursday in May

State Capitol Rotunda
St. Paul, Minnesota

Admission is Free 

Day of Reason 2011

Since 2006 we have been holding a Day of Reason in protest to the Nationally recognized Day of Prayer, held on the same day, with many observing this day by praying outside on the State Capitol steps.

Read more about this event on our Day of Reason page.

Minneapolis GLBT Pride Parade and Festival - Last Weekend in June

Downtown (Parade) and Loring Park
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Admission is Free 

Gay Pride Parade 2012

The Parade: The Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade is held on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. According to public estimates, the Parade drew an estimated 110,000 spectators in 2006, making it one of the largest parades in the Upper Midwest, and the largest in all of Minneapolis according to Mayor R.T. Rybak. It begins at 3rd Street & Hennepin Avenue and follows Hennepin Avenue to Loring Park. The Festival: Featuring three stages of all-live entertainment, three food courts, fireworks, history pavilion and a Family & Children's area, the Pride Festival is one of the largest Pride events in the United States. The festival attracted an estimated 310,000 people in 2005. This has been a great event for Minnesota Atheists over the years, where we always receive a warm welcome and a strong level of interest in our organization. We plan to continue marching in the parade and maintaining our presence at an information booth every year.

Rochester GLBT Pride Festival - Last Saturday in July

Central Park, Downtown
2nd Street NW and 1st Avenue NW
Rochester, Minnesota

Admission is Free

Rochester GLBT Pride Festival

Another great opportunity to meet the public in a welcoming setting for atheists, agnostics, and all freethinkers. This event gives us a yearly presence in southeastern Minnesota, and we encourage all our members from the area as well as all those interested in Minnesota Atheists to meet us there.

If you would like to participate in any of the events described above, please contact us.



Minnesota Atheists president, August Berkshire, received an award from OutFront Minnesota for being an Outstanding Volunteer in 2004.

 OutFront Minnesota Award 2004