21st Annual Pride Picnic

Saturday, June 15th

Once again, the Erie Pride Picnic will be held at Presque Isle State Park at the Rotary Pavilion. NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. has several Pride events scheduled for this year. The 21st Annual Pride Picnic will be held the THIRD Saturday in June (June 15.) We will run from 1 PM to 6 PM.

You can now register online before the event and not have to fill out the paper registration form when you arrive! We will have a hard copy of everyone who registered online, so all that you have to do is give us your name. Easy!

We are again at the spiffy Rotary Pavilion, which is close to the 3 cabins near the Waterworks Beach. Photos of the site are here. There will be signs at the park for the location.

The location has electricity, a small kitchen with a cooler, a large dining area, restrooms in the same building, and a lovely floating pier nearby.

Please stop at the check in table when you arrive! (Note: this will be quicker if you register online before the event, but you still need to stop at the check in table so that we know that you have arrived.) We will have wristbands so that we can count how many people attend. This helps us plan for the following year, and helps us answer how many people attended. We will have name tags to wear as well, if you like. You can use your first name, full name and/or screen name if you choose to wear a name tag. If you have friends that you know in chat rooms, etc, this is a good way to connect faces to online names.

Hot dogs, meatballs and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. Paper plates and plastic silverware will be available. Donations gratefully accepted. Food will be served from 2 to 4 PM.

We will also have door prizes, so be sure to fill out the registration form at the check in table to be in the drawing. This has been very popular.

As usual. we will be taking a Family Portrait around 4 PM for those who wish to be included. We will also have roving photograhers taking photos of those enjoying the day (also for those who wish to be photographed - just fine if you don't!) If you do not want your photo taken while at the event, be sure to get a red dot! This lets our roving photographers know that you should not be photographed.

As always, everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your children or parents, but parents are responsible for taking care of their kids. (There is playground equipment near the pavilion.)

We'll begin at 1 PM with games, (including the perennial favorite, volleyball, as well as others). We will have a photographer who will be taking photos. You can be in photos or not, as you choose. If you would like to have your picture taken, please don't be shy about asking! If you do not want your photo taken, please be sure that you are wearing one of the colored dots available at the registration table. We are trying to balance those who enjoy being included in photos and those who prefer not to be included. We will be including the photos on at both the NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc site and also the Erie Gay News site, as well in an upcoming print edition of Erie Gay News. All past events (including Pride events and more) for which there are photos have galleries listed here.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, rollerblades bug spray, and sunscreen. Volunteers are asked to help with clean up, cooking and set up. If you would like to volunteer, contact Michael Mahler at (814) 456-9833 or email [email protected].

If you are part of a group that would like to have an info table, please let us know by no later than Saturday, June 1. We ask that you bring your own table if possible. We will be including all groups with tables at the picnic, so letting us know helps you spread the word about your organization! When you register online for attending the event as an individual, there are fields on the form to request table space.

If you want to be on the Pride Planning Committee, sign up here. We'd love to have you involved!

We will also have several thank you cards for our sponsors on the info table. Please sign all cards so that the people and businesses who help us know how much they are appreciated.

If you would like to become a sponsor for this year's Pride events, see more here!

If you are not on the email list or want further information, we also ask that you use the sign up sheets that are also at the info table. We want you to help keep everyone informed!

Because of state law, alcohol and sales by outside vendors are not permitted. Please respect this. If you bring alcohol, or are obviously drunk, you will be asked to leave the picnic.

Food Bank Donations

As we did previously, in addition to the potluck buffet, we will also be collecting nonperishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. For more info, click here .

Getting there and other area attractions

More info is here .

Accessibility at the Rotary Pavilion

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