Erie Pride Fest a Fun Day for All!


from NW PA Pride Alliance

On Saturday, August 23, NW PA Pride Alliance held Erie Pride Fest. The day began with the Pride parade from the zone down to Perry square. About 150 people participated in the parade. Parade units included Erie Gay News, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc., ACLU NW PA, Amisha Tribal Belly Dance, Marriage Equality for PA, Erie Sisters & Transgender Alliance of Western NY, Glass Growers Gallery, PFLAG Erie and Crawford Counties, PFLAG Butler, M & J's Lounge, Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, LBT Women of Erie, Jamestown Pride Society, and Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition.


WJET TV 24/WFXP Fox 66 covered the event, as did Erie Times News. Photos of the NW PA Pride float with drag performers appears in the Erie Times News print edition and also online.


Grand Marshals were TJ and Wendy Titus. TJ also spoke at the Festival. Performers were Velvet Lace, Misty Kall, Michelle Michaels, and Rhiannon Angelina, Brit Soule, Amisha Tribal Belly Dancer, and Bob Bearfield. There was a record number of info tables and vendors. 


Info tables included Adagio Health, ACLU NW PA, Birth Essentials Doula Services, Community Health Net, Equality PA, Erie Sisters, First Niagara Bank, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Jamestown Pride Society, Lake Erie Counseling Associates, Lillis, McKibben, Bongiovanni & Co, Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania, Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, NW PA NOW, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc., Peace Corps, Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, SafeNet Center, Slippery Rock University Psychology Dept, Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, and Wolf for PA. Vendors included Ellie Ghost, Lion's Den Adult Super Store, Miche, Papyrusaurus, Rainbow Creations, Rainbow Family Expressions, Tastefully Simple, The CookieLady, and Wendy Titus, Independent Beauty Consultant (Mary Kay).


New this year was a Health Screening Pavilion, which was staffed by Community Health Net, Great Lakes Institute of Technology, and Erie County Department Of Health.testing included BMI, blood pressure, and oral HIV tesing. Thanks to Tom Pellitieri for the loan of the pavilion.


Volunteers included Johauna, Audrey, Brian, members of the Erie Sisters and many more.

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Videos

Jason Perdue talks about the Jamestown Pride Conference to b - Posted Oct 5, 2014

Serenity Chambers talks about the Pageant at the Pride Confe - Posted Oct 5, 2014

 


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