Pride Festival http://wesa.fm en More than 100K Expected to Attend Pittsburgh Pride Festival http://wesa.fm/post/more-100k-expected-attend-pittsburgh-pride-festival <p>Pittsburgh’s gay pride festival continues to grow, with organizers expecting more than 100,000 people to enjoy the celebration on Liberty Avenue.</p><p>When the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh took over the festival in 2007, about 3,000 people attended. Six years later, the organization is expecting to break the 100,000 mark.</p><p>Gary Van Horn, president of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, attended his first Pride festival in 1996. He said he never expected <a href="http://www.pittsburghpride.org/">Pittsburgh Pride</a> to get as large as it has.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:58:37 +0000 Michael Lynch 11291 at http://wesa.fm The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest http://wesa.fm/post/cultural-impact-pittsburgh-pride-fest <p></p><p></p><p>This weekend the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpride.org/">Pittsburgh Pride Festival</a> is expected to generate huge revenue for the city and bring thousands of individuals and families to Liberty Avenue. The parade and concerts at Pride Fest have become mainstream collaborations with city groups like Visit Pittsburgh and major sponsorship.</p><p>Pittsburgh Pride's website quotes Richard Florida in his best-selling book on economic growth, <em>The Rise of the Creative Class</em>, “the most successful regions welcome all kinds of people. The presence of an LGBT community in large numbers is an indicator of an underlying culture that is open-minded and diverse. People look for cities with lots of gay people when they are hunting for a place to live and work. The presence of gays signals an exciting place, where people can fit in and be themselves.“</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-0a9e1680-3b76-471a-2f52-fdb7745051a4" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">But how representative of Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community is Pride Fest? And how do you go about organizing a large scale festival such as Pride, in a way that's inclusive for all aspects of the LGBTQ community and Pittsburgh as a whole?</p><p>We'll have a conversation about Pittsburgh PrideFest and its cultural impact with <strong>Gary Van Horn</strong>, President of the Delta Foundation, which organizes PrideFest and <strong>Sue Kerr</strong>, Editor of <a href="http://www.pghlesbian.com/">Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondence</a>, an LGBTQ Blog. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:21:02 +0000 Heather McClain 11334 at http://wesa.fm The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest