At noon Sat., June 18 Buchanan Park will be the sight of the Lancaster’s 4th Annual Pride Fest. Pride festivals are organized around the country to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which are seen as a turning point in the lgbt civil rights movement, and Lancaster Pride is one of the largest in the region.
There are over 50 vendors selling everything from art and jewelry to Pride wares to food of all sorts. This years theme is CARNIVAL featuring jugglers, mimes, street performers, face painting, and a dunk tank where you even get to test your skill at soaking a drag queen!
Three stages will entertain you throughout the day with dancing, live music, and, of course, the ever popular drag queens and kings. This years will include a Kids Corner with games and Arts & Crafts in recognition of the importance of families to members LGBT community.
“The tremendous support for Pride from the community continues to be an inspiration for the LGBT community. Pride isn’t just for us, it’s serves as a way to celebrate with our straight allies how far we’ve come,” says Lancaster Pride Co-chair Erica Millner, “and re-energize us as we work towards full equality.”
“As we continue the struggle for full equality for our community, our Pride festival is an important way to demonstrate our diversity and unity” said Adanjesus Marin, Chair Lancaster City Human Relations Commission and Advocacy Chair for Lancaster Pride.
“Lancaster Pride carries on the long tradition of celebrating diversity in Lancaster County,” explained Melody Keim, Fundraising Chair for Lancaster Pride, “just as our ancestors came to this county for its religious tolerance and freedom, Pride is a way for the county to show it welcomes our LGBT community.”