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Beer and wine garden added

25th Pride Festival of central PA


The Pride Festival of Central PA reports this year’s festival will feature a beer and wine garden.

The 2017 festival will be Sat., July 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park

The beer and wine garden is open to all festival attendees age 21 and older. It will be located in a separate fenced in area within the festival grounds at the lower end of Riverfront Park close to the Ms. Biscuit Main Stage open from noon to 5 p.m.

“The years of hard work and the relentless drive by Andrew Campbell, our Executive Vice President to add this attraction to the festival cannot be understated,” said Brad Martin, President of the Pride Festival of Central PA Executive Board. “Since he’s gotten on this board, he has worked tirelessly to make the sale and safe consumption of alcoholic beverages at Pride a reality and his efforts have finally paid off. I can’t be any more excited or think of a better way to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!”

“It was a total team effort by the entire board and I’m just so glad we were finally able to add beer and wine service this year for our 25th anniversary,” said Campbell. “So many people have wanted to see this at Pride for so many years. It’s great to add something special that many Pride attendees will enjoy and that will kick our celebration up a notch.”

Martin said the garden came about as a result of a partnership with The JDK Group and Good Spirits. “Many festival attendees have noted and desired to see alcoholic beverages made available on the festival grounds as is the practice at many other Pride Festival celebrations across Pennsylvania and the country,” Martin noted. “It is important to us that we continue to grow and add to the Pride festival every year. Every year our festival patrons ask for two things – more things to do at the festival and more events during Pride week. This partnership with Good Spirits and the event production of The JDK Group allows us to responsibly add alcoholic beverage service to our Pride Celebration that we hope the community will enjoy and that will last for years to come.”

Since 1992, the Pride Festival of Central PA, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a 501(c)3 organization; has held a festival each July on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg to provide a safe environment for people of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and straight ally community to express and celebrate their diversity emphasizing acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The festival is a combination live bands, performances, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors as well as food vendors. An estimated 5,000 people attend annually.