GLCC Kidfest Becomes Recurring Event

Some nice news for Pittsburgh's LGBTQ families.  The GLCC Board has approved expanding the Kidsfest event to 4x year, including a very special Pride edition.  I hear some nice feedback from folks about this recent event and I think it is a marvelous idea. 

They are accepting application for venders, performers and tabling interested folks.  Don't miss this opportunity to tap into Pittsburgh sizeable LGBT family community.  Ahem, advocacy groups.  I'm looking at you.
Spring Kidsfest will be Saturday April 10th from 1-4
and Pride Kidsfest will be June 12th from 1-4

So get your kid craft ideas flowing and build connections with a too oft under the radar group of folks …


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  • I have to say that we brought our kids to Pride Fest last year and were pleasantly surprised. There was a huge area with blow up games and rides and an arts and crafts area. Kudos to the Pride group for thinking about the kids!
    I am happy that many organizations are thinking about the gay community and their family. Some of us have the little ones and some of the events don't think about that.

  • Yes, the GLCC did a great job with creating kid-friendly spaces at PrideFest back in 2003 when I first volunteered. They even had a teen space with henna tattoos and entertainment. Each year, it keeps getting better. Good that the Delta Foundation kept this piece of Pride alive and growing.
    I'm glad to see the GLCC continuing that tradition of supporting families with KidFest.

  • Pride has rotated hands for many years. For awhile, it was independent and had its own committee. I believe in 2001, the GLCC stepped in when the Pride committee threatened to go under. They ran it for several years, got it stabilized financially and took the event out of the park into the streets/parks.
    The Delta Foundation took over the event in 2007 I believe. That's when it moved to Liberty Avenue.
    Important to remember that Pride was at some points 4 people working day and night (in addition to their own jobs) to scramble an event together. History and herstory are very important parts of Pride. It hasn't been a “straight” evolution, more of a zig zag. It was downtown, then the parks, then Shadyside, then downtown again. It emphasized out of town performers, then local, then out of town again. It had sponsors, then it didn't, now it does.
    In the 1990s, it was a week long series of official Pride events. In 2004, it wasn an entire MONTH. Then it was back to a week, then a day, now back to multiple weeks.
    So many people deserve credit for stepping in when needed to keep Pittsburgh Pride a vibrant community resource. The GLCC is very good about acknowleding their role as a partner in the event and not take credit for the work of many, many community volunteers who came before them.
    Again, KidsFest is a great step forward to honor their contributions to Pride.

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