Pittsburgh Pride is the largest community festival in Western PA that celebrates the diversity of its LGBT community while providing a space to let loose and have a blast. Its producer, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, is the leading non-profit advocacy organization and a longtime friend and partner to ShowClix. The organization’s mission is to be a vigilant catalyst for meaningful change in the lives of the LGBT community.
Pittsburgh Pride 2017 takes place June 2-11 in the Steel City with a theme of Rise UP which was voted on by the community and its allies via an online survey. The theme references the importance of the continued fight for nationwide equality for all citizens.
There’s an action-packed schedule this year; check out some of the main events below:
MJ LIVE!: Friday, June 9
New for Pittsburgh Pride is a free after-work Friday event that will take place on Liberty Avenue. MJ LIVE! is the Michael Jackson tribute show direct from the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.Â Feel the energy, see the mega-talented dancers, and sing along to the greatest hits of all time as we come together to celebrate the legendary superstar and his music.
Pride in the Street with Jennifer Hudson: Saturday, June 10
Join Grammy and Academy Award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson at Pride in the Street as she performs live on Liberty Avenue! Come dance and sing the night away with thousands of your friends. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to buy yours now for a one-of-a-kind live event!
Pride Zip Line: Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11
If you’re seeking a thrill this summer, Pittsburgh Pride’s new zip line experience is the fix you need. Voted “Best Major Theme Park Ride”, Fly Wire Zipline will send you on a flight across 300 feet of Liberty Avenue with the Pittsburgh skyline as your backdrop. Prepare to soar!Â Skip the line when you buy your ticket in advance!
PrideFest: Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11
Expanding to a two-day event this year, PrideFest is a free celebration that attracted over 125,000 attendees in 2016! Celebrate diversity downtown between 6th and 10th Streets with over 150 vendors, food and beverage booths, family-friendly games, and entertainment on three different stages. With so much going on, this event has something to offer everyone. The best part: it’s free!
EQT Equality March:Â Sunday, June 11
Pittsburgh’s most colorful march is a time to remember those in the LGBT community who paved the way, recognize how far the community has come, and rally together to continue the questÂ toward true equality for all. The march kicks off at 12:30 PM at PPG Paints Arena and proceeds down Fifth Avenue.
Be sure to check Pittsburgh Pride’s schedule of events and prepare to have a blast!
“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,” – Gary Van Horn, Delta Foundation President.