Erie residents are invited to show their love, support and pride this weekend in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

Hosted by nonprofit Being Better Neighbors, the inaugural Erie Pride event will take place Sundayfrom 3 to 7 p.m. downtown at 500 Briggs St.

The event will feature live bands, drag performances, as well as a beer garden, food trucks and local vendors.

In May, the Erie Board of Trustees officially proclaimed June as pride month.

“The Town of Erie has a diverse LGBTQ+ community that includes people of many ethnicities, religions and professions that have made and continue to make lasting and impactful contributions to the Town,” said the proclamation, read by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board manager Alberto De Los Rios.

“The Town of Erie honors its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBTQ+ residents whilst celebrating their resilience, lived experiences and achievements,” the proclamation stated.

The Board of Trustees voted in April to allocate a $7,500 grant to assist Being Better Neighbors in organizing the pride festival.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the town to invest directly into the community, and to ensure that we are creating a culture in Erie where people feel safe, seen, heard and valued. The importance of that can’t be overstated,” Trustee Emily Baer said in support of the grant.

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2022-06-02 02:00:52
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