Jamestown Pride Festival invites the community to meet photographer and legendary LGBTQ+ civil rights champion B. Proud in the Undercroft of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Friday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. Proud, whose career highlights include photographing Lady Gaga and President Obama on the same day, is looking to spread love, awareness and support to LGBTQIA+ folks and allies both that evening and during Saturday’s festivities. Photo submitted.

Release — Jamestown Pride Festival Events Set for June 8 – 11

June 1, 2023

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Jamestown Pride Festival’s third annual celebration has events across four days, with special opportunities on Friday and Saturday, June 9–10.

Thursday, June 8, 5:30 p.m., is the Slow Roll sponsored by Pearl City Cycle Shop. Bring your own bike to ride with pride for this free family-friendly event beginning at the Winter Garden Plaza, 313 North Main Street, across from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

On Friday, June 9, 6:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church hosts a presentation by legendary LGBTQ+ civil rights champion B. Proud.The award-winning photographer’s books First Comes Love and Transcending Love portray healthy relationships within the LGBTQIA+ community. Proud’s career highlights include photographing Lady Gaga and President Obama on the same day. She is looking to spread love, awareness and support to LGBTQIA+ folks and allies both that evening at St. Luke’s Undercroft, 410 North Main Street, and during Saturday’s Pride Market.

Held in collaboration with Jamestown Public Market on Saturday, June 10, the daytime Pride Market is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on 3rd Street between Cherry and Pine Streets, with additional space at the AIDS Memorial Park on Third Street and the Winter Garden Plaza.

The family-friendly event kicks off with a morning yoga session, provided by Ample Movement at 10:30 a.m. in the Winter Garden Plaza. Various vendors, food trucks, live speakers, entertainment, nonprofit organizations, performers, music and much more provide a well-rounded experience for community members.

Events continue following the Public Market’s 2 p.m. closing. A quiet space is provided at Convenient Manor for those who need to recoup and recharge.

Come join in a night of celebration and authenticity. Saturday evening features a 21+ performance by local Drag Queens from Lip Poppin Productions at Sneakers Bar, 10 Harrison Street, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dancing immediately follows the performers until 2 a.m.

To conclude the festival, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Pride service on Sunday, June 11, starting at 10 a.m. This service is a safe place for all people, regardless of their identity, to come together and celebrate the love and diversity of our community.

Jamestown Pride thanks Evergreen Health, The Chautauqua Center, Jamestown Public Market, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Western NY and Northwestern Pennsylvania, and the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County for making this Festival possible.

For more information, view Jamestown Pride’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JamestownPride.

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