With an exclusive pool party atop Mt. Washington, a chauffeured tour of the Burgh's hippest clubs, and a signature march through Downtown--not to mention a street festival featuring Grammy-nominated Adam Lambert and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Sharon Needles--this year's Pittsburgh Pride
is already shaping up to be 100,000 people strong.
Pennsylvania's premier LGBT community festival, Pittsburgh Pride
features inclusive, diverse and rich events and experiences for the public. Reflecting the theme of “I Wanna Marry You,” the 2013 installment of Pittsburgh Pride is 10-day celebration that runs through June 16th, and is part of a worldwide celebration to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which took place in NYC and are recognized as the start of the Human Rights movement.
If you can still snag tickets
(limited to 300!), don your snazziest swimwear and head up to scenic Mt. Washington to the stunning home of Steven Herforth and Peter Karlovich for Pride's annual pool party on June 13th at 7 p.m. If making the rounds is more your scene, don't miss Pride's Pub Crawl (aka a tour of some of the city’s coolest clubs!) on Friday, June 14th, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with stops in Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Downtown, the Strip, and the South Side. Buses will runs every 20 minutes.
PRIDE week culminates with Downtown-based festivities on Sat., June 15th and Sun., June 16th. Transforming Liberty Ave. into an outdoor concert venue, Saturday's Pride in the Street boasts an impressive lineup of local and international stars. Headliner is Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and actor Adam Lambert, who will perform a 90-minute show with a full band and dancers. Making his official US singing debut will be English superstar, Joe McElderry, winner of the 6th season of the X Factor.
Not to be missed is Pittsburgh native and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” champion Sharon Needles. The well-known drag performer and recording artist will entertain attendees with her signature offbeat blend of punk rock and performance art. Also featured will be Ryan Amador & Jo Limpert, piano virtuoso Dave Yaden and soul diva Candace Devine, and Pittsburgh native and world-class DJ Dave Lander--aka DJ Digital Dave.
It all culminates with the Pride Awareness March, followed by PrideFest, on June 16th. The March kicks off at Noon at the corner of the Blvd. of the Allies and Grant St. with hundreds of marchers, including LGBT organizations, community groups, corporations, politicians, and featured special guests, the 178-piece world class Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown.
After the march, head to PrideFest, a free, day-long street festival that will take place from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Liberty Ave. Featuring 150 vendors, the event will include entertainment by Pittsburgh Pride Color Guard; Keystone Alliance drag show; Staycee Pearl Dance Project; Jasmine Hearn; Hot Metal Musesl; Dreams of Hope; Ladyboi; the Re52's; Corinne Savage; Ryan Amadore; the Pillow Project; Mechanical Wizzards; and more.