Pride Weekend recap

from NW PA Pride Alliance

Pride Weekend was held August 26-28, 2016 in Erie PA. The weekend began with a Pride Kick-Off Drag Show held at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA. Performers at the drag show were Michelle Michaels, Misty Michaels Kall, Lovin Heart, Jill Jameson and Vicky Bendme.

Saturday began with the March to Pridefest organized by NW PA Pride Alliance. The step off was at the Zone Dance Club. Parade units included NW PA Pride Alliance, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, Temple Anshe Hesed, LBT Women of Erie, Erie Democratic Coordinated Campaign, General Electric Transportation GLBTA Alliance, Ladyfest Erie, Northwestern High School GSA, Eerie Roller Girls, TransFamily of NWPA Transgender Support Group, and Community United Church. There were 152 people in the parade.

Media coverage included Erie Times News, both local TV news crews, and .MIC from NYC.

NW PA Pride Alliance also organized Pridefest, which was held in Griswold Park after the parade. Over 370 people attended Pridefest. The keynote speaker was Erie County Councilmember Jay Breneman. Performers for Pridefest included drag performers Michelle Michaels, Misty Michaels Kall, Jill Jameson and musical acts Snarebear, Populi, Honest Mistakes and Billy Winn,

GEAE sponsored a tent at Pridefest for HIV, Hep C and syphilis testing that was performed by Erie County Department of Health and Community Health Net.

Info tables at Pridefest included American Civil Liberties Union of PA Northwest Chapter, Canine Partners for Life, Children's Aid Society of Mercer County, Community Health Net, Community United Church, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Eerie Roller Girls, Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society, Families United Network, Inc., Family Pathways, General Electric Transportation GLBTA Alliance, Iadeluca Chiropractic Center, Lake Erie Counseling Associates, LBT Women, LPL Financial Advisor Diane Gardner, Ms. Zewe, National Organization for Women, NWPA Chapter (NWPANOW), Pennsylvania Youth Congress, Persad Center, PNC Bank, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, SafeNet Center, Temple Anshe Hesed, TransFamily of NWPA Transgender Support Group, Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, and Whispering Lake Grove. 

Vendor tables included Chinese Lagoon, Elite Jewelry By Jasmine, LuLaRoe, Monacella Massage & Kinesiology, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Peach, Rainbow Creations, and Scents.

Special thanks to volunteers Jodi Shay, Kim Conti, Andrea Shaffer, Deb Spilko, and Johauna. Photos are by Deb Spilko and Andrea Shaffer.

After Pridefest, GEAE held an After Pride Party at the Bourbon Barrel that was attended by 100 people and which collected clothing items for SafeNet. The Zone Dance Club held an Island Heat Tropical Glow Party.

The next day, Sunday, August 28, NWPA Pride Alliance held Pride Day at Waldameer Park and Waterworld. About 100 people attended.


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Pride Parade stpes off - Posted Oct 2, 2016

Pride Parade arrives near Griswold Park - Posted Oct 2, 2016

Crowd in Griswold Park for Pridefest - Posted Oct 2, 2016

Erie County Councilmember Jay Breneman - keynote speaker at - Posted Oct 2, 2016

Snarebear performs at Pridefest with fire baton - Posted Oct 2, 2016

.MIC - Why Erie Is Like No Other County in Pennsylvania - Posted Oct 1, 2016


2016 Major Donors - Thanks!


Dominic M. Sciamanda, D.O.
Erie Gay News
Hospice of Metropolitan Erie


Community Health Net
Drenched Fur
Erie County Department of Health (ECDH)
Erie Sisters & Brothers Transgender Support Group
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)
Karpel Group
Lake Erie Counseling Associates
Lion's Den Adult Super Store

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