Hundreds Celebrate at Erie Pride Weekend

from Erie Gay Pride

Gay pride celebrations continue to grow in Erie as more than 250 people attended this year’s Pride Parade and Rally on July 25.

The Pride Parade, which kicked-off from The Zone on West 18th Street and followed State Street north to Perry Square, was the biggest ever. There were additional floats, plenty of marchers and representation from such groups as General Electric Transportation GLBTA Alliance, Erie Gay Pride, Inc., Erie Gay News and the Log Cabin Republicans.

Also marching in the parade was Linda Judson, Democratic judicial candidate for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in the November elections. Judson also spoke at the Pride Rally in Perry Square, underscoring the importance of the upcoming judicial elections and urging the audience to vote.

This year’s Pride Rally featured a variety of vendors and some great entertainment. The featured performer was singer/songwriter Tom Goss from Washington, DC. Also performing was singer Jeremiah Clark from Pittsburgh and local singer Devin Redinger. Miss Erie 2009, Miss Vanatae, and several past Miss Erie winners entertained the crowd with their musical numbers. Buddy Dobson, the "glow sorcerer," served as Master of Ceremonies.

Pride weekend continued on Sunday, July 26, with a special church service at Erie Community United Church, followed by the first annual Gay Day at Waldameer Park.

This year’s Pride Weekend, which was sponsored by Erie Gay Pride, Inc., was chaired by Don "DC" Craig with assistance from a committee of more than 15 individuals. Watch for more information as plans are unveiled for next year’s Pride Weekend.

(Additional note: David Stanton and Brian T were up from Pittsburgh on behalf of GayLife TV and OutOnline.com. Brian T also performed at the rally.)

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Interview with Don Craig at Erie Pride 2009 - Posted Jul 25, 2009

Interview with Miss Erie 2009 - Posted Jul 25, 2009

Brian T Performance at Erie Pride 2009 - Posted Jul 25, 2009

Performers at Erie Pride Rally 2009 - Posted Jul 25, 2009

 


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