PRIDE Growing in Erie

by Greg Valiga

An estimated 125 lesbigays, supporters, and their families attended the 1996 Celebrate Pride! Picnic, making it the most successful pride event in Erie to date.

The picnic was organized by a committee of individuals involved in various area organizations. LGLV convened the first picnic in 1992. Bridges, the close-to-defunct area community building group, had sponsored the picnic in 1994 and 1995.

Thanks go to Wegmans, Tops, Quality Market, and Garry G Sargent Sr, for contributing food and charcoal; also to all of the area organizations that supplied brochures and information. Over $60 in donations will be used for next year's picnic.

Organizing for the 1997 event will being in January. If you wish to volunteer or have suggestions, call Elaine or Greg.

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