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Who doesn’t love a parade? And who doesn’t especially love a gay pride parade festooned with rainbow flags, dancing marchers, and happy disco beats?

Buffalo Pride Week culminates with two parades on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 – Dyke March and Pride Parade.

The Dyke March, beginning at 5 p.m. on May 31, wends from Kleinhans Music Hall on Symphony Circle to North Street to Elmwood Avenue and ends at Allen Street where the Allen Street Festival happens until 10 p.m. The festival features DJs, food vendors, outdoor bar, participating gay bars on the block, and live music by The Alison Pipitone Band and Shevy & The Pulse. Talented burlesque performer Jamie Doktor emcees. Admission to the street party is $3.

Sunday’s Pride Parade, a much longer affair, moseys down Elmwood Avenue from Forest Avenue to Allen Street. Populated by politicians, dancing boys, bears, teams from non-profit organizations, and seemingly the city’s entire LGBTQ community, the parade attracts a large and vocal crowd of watchers/supporters.

Pride Parade culminates with a spectacular outdoor party (Pride Festival) from 1 to 5 p.m. at Canalside with a $5 admissio. This event features a dance party tent with DJs, live music by The Cliks and DEV, gift and food vendors, and cocktail bars. Drag diva Bianca Del Rio acts as the event’s mistress of ceremonies.

– Nancy J. Parisi