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Pride Month: The History of Pittsburgh’s Gay Pride Parade Spans Decades

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When you close your eyes and picture Pittsburgh in 1973, what comes to mind? It may be the waning years of the city’s once-mighty steel industry, or the then-newly built Three Rivers Stadium. In that vein, maybe it’s a winning baseball team with the likes of Willie Stargell, something Pittsburghers today can only dream of, or Led Zeppelin’s historic concert that drew 40,000 fans to the stadium — and ended in a brawl. But 1973 was an important year for the city’s LGBTQ+ community, too; it marked the first gay pride march in Pittsburgh history. On Sunday, June 17, Pittsburgh "came out," according to a news article from Gay News Pittsburgh, a periodical that ran from 1972 until September of 1976. Pride festivities ran from June 12-17. The "Gay Pride Week" featured, among other things, a gay cabaret, a gay dance, a symposium with speakers and workshop sessions, a lesbian/feminists night in Uptown and a march on the 17th, winding 3 miles from Downtown’s Market Square to Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park. The march concluded with a picnic in North Park. Watch any NFL Game live online for free and in HD. We offer multiple streams for each NFL Streams live event available on our website.