DELTA FOUNDATION OF PITTSBURGH ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PITTSBURGH PRIDE DAYS, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS; 300’ ZIP LINE COMING TO LIBERTY AVENUE
PITTSBURGH—January 12, 2017—At a press conference held this morning, representatives from the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, the leading advocacy organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Western Pennsylvania, announced plans to expand its annual Pittsburgh Pride® festival days, events and attractions. Pittsburgh Pride is Pennsylvania’s largest community festival for the LGBT community and its allies and will be held June 2-11, 2017.
County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald remarked that “the growth of Pittsburgh Pride over the years has been remarkable and the Delta Foundation continues to be the champion for the community and for making sure the LGBT community has a seat at the table. I look forward to participating every year.”
"Pittsburgh is a welcoming and inclusive city for everyone, and it's events such as Pittsburgh Pride that make it that way," said Mayor William Peduto.
According to Delta Foundation President Gary Van Horn (pictured), “Pittsburgh Pride is about the LGBT community being visible. It’s offering hope for the young gay man who’s been kicked out of his house that things will get better and continue to improve. It’s for the lesbian couple who can walk down the street openly holding hands. For the bisexual, it’s a place to find like-minded people, organizations and resources. It’s for the transgender community, who struggle daily with personal self-acceptance about who they are in a world where people still don’t understand them. It’s for a community that is still not treated equally and because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression live in a Commonwealth where you can get married today and fired tomorrow, kicked out of your apartment or denied services.”
The theme for this year’s event is “Rise Up” which was designed my McDonald resident Arthur Gerner and voted on by the LGBT community and its allies last November in an on-line survey. “We received over 1,500 votes,” said Christine Bryan, Director of Marketing & Development for the Delta Foundation. “It was by far the resounding winner no doubt due to the uncertainly we face with a new Administration. It’s important that we remember that the fight for equality must continue not only in Pennsylvania and nationally as well.”
New events and attractions for 2017 Pittsburgh Pride include:
* A 5.5k/Fun Run on the East Busway.
* A new after work event on Liberty Avenue
* The expansion of PrideFest to two days.
* The addition of the first ever 300’ mobile zip line.
* The events’ first title sponsor, EQT Foundation (the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation).
“As the corporate foundation for a large energy company, the EQT Foundation values the importance of celebrating all members of the community, and helping to increase dignity and respect in corporate America. said EQT Foundation President Charlene Petrilli. "Conversations on diversity and inclusion take place daily in companies across the country. We decided to take our commitment one step further by sponsoring an event that demonstrates a strong outpouring of support for the LBGT community. This is important to us, because we know that inclusive communities foster environments for stronger business, stronger families, and stronger neighborhoods.”
Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH added “Congratulations to the organizers of Pittsburgh's Pride. Their passion, commitment and tireless efforts have made this one of our city's larger events. We look forward to welcoming Pride attendees and look forward to showing off our city to first-time visitors."
Pittsburgh Pride has experienced tremendous growth and at Visit Pittsburgh, we’re excited about their expansion and growth.” With an economic impact of $12.8 million, “Pittsburgh Pride has become a destination event and we welcome those with open arms who travel both near and far to join us here as we celebrate the community.”
Sunday, June 4
Rainbow Run 5.5K/Fun Run—This new event will take place on the East Busway starting downtown at Grant Street and finishing at the Ellsworth stop in Shadyside. The event is a collaboration with the Port Authority of Allegheny County and P3R, the producers of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Registration and pricing will be announced this Spring.
Ready. Set. Pride. –The free, outdoor event will be will be held on Ellsworth Avenue between College and Summerlea with local, regional and national entertainment to be announced this Spring.
Friday, June 9:
MJ LIVE!—A new, ticketed event that will take place on Liberty Avenue between 7th & 10th Street which will feature a 90-minute MJ LIVE!, a Michael Jackson Tribute Show direct from the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
Saturday, June 10:
Pride in the Street—The outdoor concert features local and national entertainment outside on the stage at 10th & Liberty Avenue starting at 7 PM. Performers and tickets information will be announced this Spring.
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11:
PrideFest—The expanded two-day free festival will take place on Liberty Avenue between 6th & 10th Street and will include over 150 vendors, a children’s activity area, three stages of entertainment, a dance area, and a first ever 300’ mobile zip line on Liberty Avenue. Times for PrideFest on Saturday will be Noon-5 PM and Sunday from 1-7 PM. Tickets for the mobile zip line will go on sale March 1.
Sunday, June 11:
EQT Equality March— With a new title sponsor, a new starting point at PPG Paints Arena, and a new kick-off time of 12:30 PM, the EQT Equality March will include over 100 contingents of corporations, non-profit partners, and local law enforcement and first responder personnel, making it one of Pittsburgh’s most colorful and diverse marches.
Transgender activist Dena Stanley was particularly excited to announce the new MJ LIVE! show. “Michael used his music and influence as a performer to bring people together. Since this is the first time that MJ LIVE! has ever performed in Pittsburgh and at an LGBT event, the crowd is going to be amazing!”
Pittsburgh Pride is made possible by the generous support of EQT, UPMC, 84 Lumber, Nemacolin Woodlands and Resort, iHeart Radio, Comcast, American Eagle, First Commonwealth Bank, Coordinated Care Network, Central Outreach Wellness Center, Giant Eagle, and Pamela’s P&G Diner.
Pittsburgh Pride: Pittsburgh Pride is the largest community festival that celebrates the diversity of the region specifically for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and its allies. It is a 10 day event that takes place in June in venues all over Pittsburgh and on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. It is the largest LGBT event in Pennsylvania and the 4th largest special event in Pittsburgh with over 130,000 attendees. Pittsburgh’s first Pride march took place on June 17, 1973, only four years after the Stonewall riots in New York City. The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh has been producing Pittsburgh Pride since 1997.
Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh: The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is the leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization in Western Pennsylvania. Its mission is to raise the awareness of and to be a vigilant catalyst for change that produces increased opportunities and a high quality of life for the LGBT community. In addition to Pittsburgh Pride, the Foundation produces other events throughout the year and advocates on behalf of the community with corporate, government and other like-minded organizations.
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