But, it wasnâ€™t the permit snafu that caused a dampening effect. Heavy rains soaked the city for much of the morning and only stopped when the Squirrel Hill parade arrived in Schenley Park. However, the stage line-up of singers, poets, and speakers was one of the best ever. Undeterred by the misfortunes of 2001, the GLCC Pride committee returned the parade to Shadyside, but chose Ellsworth Avenue over Mellon Park as the site for the festival. Ample participation in the parade pushed the crowd size to an estimated 1,000 people beforeâ€”once againâ€”a drenching rain soaked the festival.
Pittsburgh marked 30 years of celebrating Pride in 2003 with a parade and street festival in Shadyside. Marchers followed a route through Shadyside which ended at the 5800 block of Ellsworth Avenue. The theme of this yearâ€™s parade and festival was â€œPeace Through Pride.â€? Leading up to PrideFest were a series of activities including the Unity Ball, an all-ages sweetheart dance aboard the Gateway Clipper, the 2nd annual Mr. Pittsburgh Drag King Pageant, a Pride Run/Walk, and a performance by the gay/lesbian sketch comedy/cabaret trio Unitard. In 2004, PrideFest took the theme â€œStand Up! Stand Proud! Stand Together!â€? More than 2,100 people and 50 vendors attended the festival on the North Shoreâ€™s Great Lawn, and 600 people and 43 units
participating in the parade. Responding to requests to move the event to a more visible location, the Pride Parade started downtown and wound around through the Three Rivers Arts Festival, ending on the North Shore. There was a wide range of activities throughout the month including Stand Up and Yell! Bingo, held in the parking lot off Ellsworth Avenue; a special performance of Varla Jean Merman, under a Big Top, at the City Theatre; Standing Together with Pride, a pageant of diversity benefiting The Seven Project; a parade and festival, as well as a Pride Day at PNC Park, as the Pirates played the Seattle Mariners.
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