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PITTSTON -- For the first time in eight years, the annual Pridefest event won't be held in Wilkes-Barre.

For the past seven years NEPA Rainbow Alliance has hosted Pridefest to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. It's usually held at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, but this year it will be held in Pittston.

"It seems like we were pushed aside. I don't know why."

Peter Weeby owns a funnel cake and food truck. He's been a vendor at Pridefest every year.

Weeby and some other vendors say they feel left behind, saying with this move, Pridefest organizers didn't consider vendors who have been with them from the beginning.

In the city of Pittston, an ordinance requires outside food vendors to pay to participate.

"They are telling me they want $500 for a permit for me to go there, plus I'd have to pay Pridefest themselves I think an addition $200. That's a lot of money for a six-hour job."

Pridefest organizers acknowledge that some loyal vendor will not be able to participate this year, because of the move to the Tomato Festival grounds in Pittston. But they insist that this was done for the overall betterment of Pridefest and for those in the LGBT community.

"This has been a great year for the LGBT community, with the Supreme Court ruling and even something like Caitlyn Jenner. That is just fantastic stuff happening all over the place, and we really think a place like Pittston is going to allow us to grow," said Paul Strunk.

Strunk is chairing Pridefest this year and says the new location is more centralized for people in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.

But it's also in a city that supports equal rights for people in the LGBT community.

"Right now there are only two cities in our region that have that no discrimination ordinance: the city of Pittston and Scranton."

This year's Pridefest will be held on Saturday August 15.

11 comments

  • don justice

    Can you tell why you should be proud? Ashamed would be more appropriate! No, I am not politically correct nor I never will be. Morals are morals of which you ? lack!

  • Valfreyja

    With all respect to my homosexual countrymen, you don’t want Caitlyn Jenner as your public face.

    • Lloyd "love me or hate me" Schmucatelli

      For once I agree with you. I will pray for these folks on Sunday morning.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Ok. Yeah, yeah, yeah. You got what you wanted. Now go away. Once Caitlyn Jenner style tv becomes prime time, you guys will be has-beens.

    • Lloyd "love me or hate me" Schmucatelli

      Thumbs down makes perfect sense in this situation. People who like to distort reality, love to stay stuck in their delusions.

      • E

        Ha ha ha! Yes Lloyd people whom distort reality like to stay stuck in their delusions. Lol. For example the delusional NEPA locals whom think they are decent people or successful because of pathetic status symbols like breeding or playing high school sports. Lol. Let’s not forget in that region what you drive is also considered a status symbol ha ha! Maybe you people should focus on education, instead of leasing a car to appear more successful to the community. Descendants of coal miner trash talking about OTHERS being delusional. Ha ha ha! Now I’ve heard everything. I bet you’re a failed high school athlete. 🙂

  • Mickey Mouse

    “They are telling me they want $500 for a permit for me to go there, plus I’d have to pay Pridefest themselves I think an addition $200. That’s a lot of money for a six-hour job.”
    Well, obviously homosexual marriage was made legal because generates more money. So pay the money and look for the pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow.

    • E

      Wow. I bet you’re the type of ignorant local who believes a person learns everything they need to know from their parents, whom happen to be poor and uneducated. Lol. I bet you’re a stereotype stupid local pollack. Ha ha ha!

  • Pete the Plumber

    what time do all of the sodomites get to the parade?! bring the hand sanitizer, Pittston! Ewwwwwwww!!!!

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