Rainbow Alliance Announces PrideFest 2015



We are pleased to announce that this year's PrideFest will take place in Pittston, PA on Saturday, August 15th from 2-8:30. We will be on the grounds of the Pittston Tomato Festival at 49 S. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640. Admission is $5.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! If you would like to be a PrideFest volunteer, please complete our Pridefest volunteer form.

You've been waiting for it--here it is: the complete entertainment lineup!


We will also host a number of food, wedding, and other vendors, as well as a number of local and state LGBT-supportive nonprofit organizations. Please note that due to low utilization, there will be no children's tent or children's activities.

If you would like to be a vendor at this year's PrideFest, please submit our vendor form and we will contact you to complete your registration.

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commented 2015-08-15 11:08:22 -0400 · Flag
I lived in Philly for many years and had to pay each year to attend Pride Fest which followed the parade. The events following the parad in NYC are cost prohibitive for many as well. However, I do think there should be a lower fee for teens or others who simply can’t afford it.

As for Matthew Williams comments, I know what you mean. However, the Rainbow Alliance is undergoing major restructuring, etc. So keep giving your feedback. And give them another chance. And if you don’t like what you see, then get involved as a volunteer or make some more constructive suggestions. That’s the only way people will know. :-)
commented 2015-08-15 00:57:15 -0400 · Flag
I just wanted to respond to Scott, who said he was never charged an entrance fee to attend a Pride event in other places. I personally think $5 is cheap, fair and reasonable as I paid $15 to attend Philly Pride and another $20 for parking. I don’t know if people realize just what it takes to plan these events, but I assure you that there are costs involved and the money does need to come from somewhere.
commented 2015-08-14 08:49:42 -0400 · Flag
My husband and I went 2 years ago and were sadly disappointed. We moved here from CT, and had often gone to Pride in other places so were excited when we moved here to see the local flavor. It was sadly lacking. An entrance charge? The music was so loud you couldn’t talk and their was a general lack of “class” or diversity. It is just a very odd event, and each year I see nothing changes.
commented 2015-08-11 20:23:15 -0400 · Flag
Hi Helen and Sarah
Thank you both for your replies. Unfortunately the information regarding reaching out to ALL of the.local GLBTQA bars doesn’t match what I’ve been told personally. It saddens me that not all establishments will not be represented. We should be.of one unit, not.many disconnected units.
commented 2015-08-11 18:48:26 -0400 · Flag
Scott – thanks for your feedback and for providing your contact information. We’ve reached out to you privately but also wanted share some of that response here, in case others share similar concerns.

We do charge an admission to the event…last year admission was $6 and we lowered it this year by dollar, to be $5 at the door. We have traditionally charged to get into the event because we have had protesters who have attended and didn’t have a way to keep them out of the event itself. Protesters may stand outside all day, but one thing they won’t do is pay money to support an organization that they don’t believe in. We also have to pay for the costs of Pridefest itself. Tent rental, entertainment costs, and various other expenses are costly.

This year, our feature entertainment sponsor is Heat, but in the past few months, members of our PrideFest Committee have solicited all of the area LGBT bars. The opportunity to sponsor, have a table, and have performers on the entertainment schedule has been made open to all. Whether or not a business chooses to participate is ultimately the decision of the business owner.
We want to work collaboratively with as many people as we possibly can and engage a wide variety of people in an already diverse community. Thank you for your suggestions and your feedback and please know that they are heard, considered, and taken seriously.
commented 2015-08-10 08:16:39 -0400 · Flag
To Whom It May Concern,
I’ve been contemplating whether or not to go to these festivities this year. However, based on a lot of comments that have been said on social media by several different sources all pointing to one person, it saddens me to think that this is not an event to celebrate diversity and freedoms that we as a community have been fighting so hard to obtain, but it’s becoming an event to promote one’s personal agenda. On top of that it’s amazing to me that this organization requires performers to ‘donate’ money in order to perform. It’s also rather disheartening to know that there is a $5 entrance fee you’re requiring every person to pay to be able to walk into a parking lot in downtown Pittston. If we were to choose to go, we’d just stand on the side walk and watch. I’ve been to several pride events in multiple cities and even in Canada and have never been required to pay money to be outside in a park or city venue.
It seems that in a smaller area such as ours, we would try to unite and become a closer stronger LGBTQA community as opposed to alienate certain groups and local establishments because of personal problems that may have occurred in past. This can be interpreted as one person or organization that is trying to promote an establishment with close ties to GayNEPA. It would be more respected and professional if all local establishments, regardless of who owns them to be invited to show oneness. It would also make better sense that the ‘required’ $5 entrance fee become a suggested donation. Believe it or not, there are a lot of younger members of our community that cannot afford the $5. What could help make it easier for one to donate anything could be to show where those monies will be spent.
The best rule of thumb is to have an open book without trying to do things that could be considered questionable. I hope these suggestions are considered as I would hate for this small GLBTQA community to become more divided than how it is becoming and turn into another aspect of corruption that we in NEPA have come to expect.


Scott A Chabala
commented 2014-07-30 19:42:48 -0400 · Flag
Don’t forget the God=Love Wedding Ceremony at Unity of NEPA! Saturday, August 9th @ 2PM! This is a multi-couple event at Unity of NEPA; 140 South Grant St; Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
LGBT Center of NEPA and