Start: Boulevard of the Allies & Grant Street
End: Liberty Avenue
Since its inception in 1973 when only about 150 people participated, Pittsburgh Pride has grown exponentially. However, there were several rocky years before organization and cooperation brought everything together to the pride's current status. The Pittsburgh Gay Pride Festival is now considered one of the largest annual special events in the city, taking over downtown with a fun-filled experience that embraces everyone. Equality for all is the thread that runs through the local LGBTQ community, and this is more apparent than ever during Pittsburgh Pride.
While the PrideFest weekend officially kicks off on Saturday, June 8, the preceding week is full of activities and chances to participate in everything from a 5k Fun Run and outdoor concerts, to the much-anticipated Big Gay Picnic on Memorial Weekend. Most events are family-friendly except for the picnic - you must be over 18 to attend.
On Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon, Liberty Avenue between 6th Street and 10th Street in downtown Pittsburgh is the center of activity for the start of an unforgettable Pittsburgh pride experience. With more than 175 vendors and food trucks, continuous live entertainment on three separate stages, the fabulous PRIDE Radio Dance Party, and plenty of family-friendly games and activities, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. This event is Pittsburgh Pride at its finest!
The Pittsburgh Pride Parade will kick off on Sunday, June 9 at 12 noon and it is expected to be even bigger and better for 2019. The 'guesstimated' crowd in 2017 was 175,000, and even larger in 2018 with an estimated 185,000 attendees. The rally will be held at the intersection of Boulevard of the Allies and Grant Street, and it will highlight the early struggles of the LGBTQ community and honor all those who participated in those struggles. At 12:30pm, the Pittsburgh Pride Equality March will make a left turn onto Grant Street, another left onto Fifth Avenue, and then end approximately a mile later at Liberty Avenue.
Bands, colorfully decorated floats, and marching groups comprise the majority of the parade, but onlookers are encouraged to join in to help carry the 20' x 30' Rainbow Flag or one of the many other flags and banners that symbolize LGBTQ unity. Welcoming 'outsiders' into their midst carries out the 'We Are One' parade theme for 2019.
It's not too late to make your plans to attend the 2019 PrideFest and Pittsburgh Pride Parade, and fully enjoy a fun, exciting summer experience making new friends and supporting the local LGBTQ community.
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