The "alternate event"
scheduled to stand in for the canceled 28th annual Pride parade on August 13 is basically the Pride parade. But now, it's called "Pride in the CLE" and it's being organized by the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland with backing from the city of Cleveland and support from 18 local organizations.
More on this soon, but the LGBT Center met with city officials and are confident in the security that will be provided. Security concerns were initially among the reasons cited for cancellation by Pride Inc., the group led by Todd Saporito that organizes the annual event. They later modified their statement to say that a "changing social climate" was to blame.
The local LGBTQ community was confused and outraged.
Phyllis Harris at the LGBT Center; local politicians, including city councilman Kerry McCormack and state rep Nickie Antonio; and the Cleveland Foundation and the AIDS Funding Collaborative, who have already provided funding, have been organizing up a storm in the wake of the cancellation announcement.
The August 13 event will include both a march and a festival. Marchers will gather at 11:00 a.m. at the Superior Viaduct. The march will head up the Viaduct at noon, cross the Detroit-Superior Bridge into downtown and conclude at Public Square, where the festival will take place from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Entertainment, live music and exhibitors are expected there.
It's almost as if Pride was never canceled at all. The only question now is whether to call this the 28th Annual Pride Parade or the 1st Annual #PrideintheCLE.