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Guide to Buffalo Pride Week: Here’s Some of the Ways You Can Celebrate in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by SOB Creative

Published on May 23, 2022

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Happy Pride! 

The annual weeklong Buffalo Pride Week is back and with it comes an abundance of ways to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and identity with the Buffalo community. 

The 2022 Buffalo Pride Week theme is ‘Homecoming,’ to recognize the return of the Pride Parade and Pride Festival as in-person events, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Buffalo Pride Week kicks off  May 31 and runs through June 5, with family-friendly events, fitness-related events, art events, club parties and so much more, at various locations and venues throughout Western New York.  A list of events can be found at buffaloprideweek.com/events/.  This whole week of fun leads up to the big finale – The annual Pride Parade and Festival! 

If you are looking to gather with your friends and family, to celebrate at the Pride Festival and Parade, here’s what you need to know: 

Pride Parade

Bring your friends, family and chosen family to watch the floats march down Elmwood Avenue in celebration of our history and all who make up our vibrant LGBTQ+ community here in Western New York. 

When: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Route: The Parade will take place along its normal route, beginning at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Forest Avenue and ending near Allen Street.

Spectators: FREE to the public!

Security: Buffalo Pride Week organizers work closely with the Buffalo Police Department, private security and other local and federal agencies to ensure the safety of the Pride Parade and Festival. 

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Pride Festival 

Immediately following the Pride Parade, attend this vibrant celebration of Western New York’s LGBTQ+ community, featuring entertainment, family-friendly activities, food and beverages, live performances as well as nonprofit and retail vendors. 

When: Sunday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchased at buffaloprideweek.com

  • General admission: $10 in advance and $20 at the gate on the day of the event (people ages 15 & under are free)
  • Quest Diagnostics Premium Lounge (reserved for those 21 years of age and older): $40 in advance and $55 at the gate on the day of the event
    • Features free-and-for purchase-drinks, premium stage views, a break from the crowds and opportunities to mingle with Festival talent, to be announced.

Entertainment: Rebecca Black will be headlining the Pride Festival on June 5. You may have seen her at Coachella, or partied to the remix of her viral hit “Friday”, but now is the time to see a live performance from the artist that PAPER Magazine declared, “is having a major moment, right now”! Kornbread Jeté,’ drag performer and popular contestant on season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2022, has also been named as one of the national acts, in a series of upcoming Pride Festival entertainment announcements.

  • Proceeds from the Pride Festival support Buffalo Pride Week, as well as the mission and programming of the Pride Center of Western New York. Learn more about the Pride Center at pridecenterwny.org

Security:

As a reminder to all Pride Festival attendees, ALL BAGS (no bags larger than 12” x 12” are permitted) and persons at the Pride Festival are subject to security inspection. The following items must be placed on the security inspection tables:

  • All metal
  • Bags (diaper bags and small purses permitted – no bags larger than 12” x 12” permitted; please reframe from bringing a bag, if at all possible)
  • Cell phones
  • Keys
  • Electronic devices
  • Blankets

Prohibited items at Pride Festival:

  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security
  • Weapons of any kind 
  • Backpacks or large tote bags (diaper bags and small purses are permitted – no larger than 12” x 12”)
  • Chairs
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Firework
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food and beverage, including coolers
  • All professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devices
  • Selfie sticks, Tripods or Monopods
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Air horns
  • Animals (task trained service animals are welcome)
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)

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Learn More 

The Pride Parade and Festival are hosted by Evergreen Health Foundation, an affiliate of Evergreen Health, and are presented by Evergreen Health and M&T Bank. 2022 Buffalo Pride Week is also sponsored by Geico, Quest Diagnostics, Linde, Rich Products, National Grid, Tito’s Vodka, Thermo Fischer Scientific, Life Storage, as well as other local businesses.

All sponsorships (big and small), donations, and ticket purchases support Buffalo Pride Week and programming at the Pride Center of WNY. The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy and satisfying place for LGBTQ+ people to live, work and establish their families. 

See the full list of events and  learn more about the Pride Parade and Festival by visiting buffaloprideweek.com!

Buffalo Pride Week 

Tuesday May 31 – Sunday June 5

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