Pride Month 2022: Pet parades, festivals and other LGBTQ-friendly events in downtown Pa.
June, as you may know, is Pride Month, designed to help promote and support the dignity and equality of LGBTQ people.
As you’d expect, a number of Pride-themed celebrations and events are taking place in central Pennsylvania this month. Below are, in chronological order, a few that you can attend whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally.
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The Harrisburg Senators will host a Pride Night Fundraiser during their game against the Bowie Baysox at 6:30 p.m. on June 9 at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg. Proceeds are donated to the Central Pa LGBT Community Center. You can reserve seats online using the password Senatorspridenight and username Senators1.
York County Pride will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11 at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road, York. The family-friendly event will feature a variety of performers and vendors, and is sponsored by the Rainbow Rose Center, a volunteer-run organization.
The Lancaster Pet Pride Parade will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on June 11 at Buchanan Park, 901 Buchanan Ave., Lancaster. There will be pet prizes and adoptable pets will be available at local shelters.
Carlisle Pride Week will take place from June 11 to 19. The week will begin with a proclamation from Mayor Sean Shultz at 10:00 a.m. on June 11 at Carlisle Borough Hall, which will then be followed by a stroll through Biddle Mission Park and conclude with a free picnic and resource fair in the Park. Other events include a June 13 movie night on the YWCA Carlisle lawn, a June 14 Community and Allies Mixer, and a June 15 Rainbow Run and Fun Walk. the official website for more information.
The second annual Lebanon’s Got Pride event will take place at 2 p.m. on June 12, along South Eighth Street, between Cumberland and Chestnut streets. The event will include performances from actors like Carsyn Kinneman and Dracula’s Miniskirt, food vendors, games and more.
A Lancaster Pride and Keystone Business Alliance network mixer will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 15 at Thistle Finch Distillery, 417 W. Grant St., Lancaster. The event is free to all Keystone Business Alliance members and vendors/sponsors of this year’s Pride Festival. The cost is $10 for other people.
A Pride Night event will take place from 4-10 p.m. at Sammy’s Authentic Italian Restaurant, 502 N. Third St., Harrisburg. Call to make a reservation at 717-221-0192. The event is BYOB. A portion of the sales will go to this year’s Pride Festival.
The Lancaster Pride Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on June 18 at Clipper Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. The event will feature over 150 vendors and a diverse lineup of drag performers and performers. The headlining performer is Ariel Versace, a contestant on Season 11 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.” Admission is $5. An after party will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Village, 205 N. Christian St., Lancaster. The cost is $5 with a pride wristband and $10 without. An exclusive meet and greet event with Versace is $50.
The Lititz Pride Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on June 19 at Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., Lititz. The event will include live performances, food trucks, story presentations, children’s activities and more.
A pride pool party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25 at Conestoga Pines Pool, 200 Arthur E. Morris Parkway, Lancaster. Tickets are $5 are the door. Children 6 and under can participate for free.
Pride Month Movie Night, sponsored by Garden Collective Studios, will be held from 6-10 p.m. June 15 at 216 State St., Harrisburg. The event will feature the 1999 film “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Admission is free but you must RSVP and bring a printed or digital confirmation of your ticket.
The Central Pa Pride Festival. will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 30 at 350 North St., Harrisburg. The musical headliner will be Brandon Parsons. There will also be food trucks, local vendors and drag performers.