The parades returned in 1991 when almost 500 queers and friends traveled to the Point from the Civic Arena. The next year marked a parade apex: Nearly 1,000 marchers regained the Civic ArenaPoint trail! Unfortunately, rain dampened the success of the 1993 Civic Arena Point march, and attendance was down to 400. In 1994, attendance fell further when the Pride committee was stymied by the City’s insistence that the march proceed along Smallman Street in the Strip District to avoid the mythical “construction” occurring on Fifth Avenue. Determined marchers followed the route to Market Square, which crossed over a deserted and unobstructed Fifth Avenue. In 1995, the downward trend was broken when about 700 participated in a parade through Shadyside with some 1,100 festival participants at Mellon Park. From 1996 to 2000 participation in the Shadyside/Mellon Park event edged higher, breaking the 2,000 mark in ‘99 and ‘00 But more important than the number of people who attend was the diversity of our annual community gathering. Pittsburgh PrideMag | PittsburghPride.org
Pride festival stage producer Ted Hoover said the following about the 1999 event: “Whatever else I’ll remember from Pride Fest ‘99, the top of the list would be the little corner of Mellon Park that the Asian & Friends people made their own. It was five or six pagoda roofs, one suspended from the next, each covered with a glittering color of the rainbow. It was truly stunning, and I loved the way it combined groovy symbols of both queer and Pacific Rim culture. And with a strap here and some Velcro there, it would make a dress the likes of which Patti O’Fernicher can only dream about.” The June 17, 2000 Pride Parade and festival continued the tradition of a Shadyside march and a Mellon Park festival and was the final Pride event organized by the Three Rivers Pride Committee, which formed to produce the 1994 events. Beginning in 2001, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) took over the local LGBT Pride, organizing and moving the event away from Mellon Park. The new Pride Committee’s choice of Flagstaff Hill did not materialize, and it settled for Schenley Meadow.
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