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Cleveland Gay Pride 2014

Celebrating Gay Pride on Lake Erie

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Cleveland Pride takes place at Voinovich Park, just beyond the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum (out on the pier just beyond and to the left of the museum)

photo by Andrew Collins

Ohio's second largest metropolis has a sizable gay and lesbian community, and the city's Cleveland Gay Pride celebration has become quite popular (more than 20,000 have attended in recent years) not only with locals but with travelers from elsewhere in Ohio as well as across the border in western Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. Cleveland Gay Pride takes place this year in late June (on June 28, 2014 - a week after Columbus Gay Pride) and takes place downtown at Voinovich Park, overlooking Lake Erie, right behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Keep in mind that interest in Gay Pride in Cleveland will be considerable this year, as the city is also hosting the Gay Games later this summer, from August 9 through August 16.

The Annual Cleveland Pride Festival takes place on Saturday, June 28, from noon until 8 pm, at Voinovich Bicentennial Park (north end of E. 9th St.). There are three stages with live music at the festival, plus a beer garden, children's pavilion, and countless vendors and organizations from the Cleveland GLBT community. Entertainers last year included Deborah Cox, Robin Stone, Ferron, Anthony Covatta, the North Coast Men's Chorus, Ryan Amador, Diana Chittester, and many others.

Preceding the festival on Saturday is the Cleveland Gay Pride Parade, which leaves from West 3rd Street and Rockwell, heads north on 3rd, east on Lakeside Avenue East, and then north on East 9th Street past the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to festival at Voinovich Park.

The city's gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops are especially fun during Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Gay People's Chronicle for details. For visitor information on Cleveland, check out the excellent GLBT travel site created by the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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