The 2023 Buffalo Pride Week-Pride Festival is just a month away. Tickets for the celebration – hosted by Evergreen Health Foundation, an affiliate of Evergreen Health – are now available.
This year’s headlining attraction is Kalifa, the New York City-based rapper, producer, and dancer formerly known as “Le1f.” Pride-goers can also expect performances by Lady Camden and Bosco of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and appearances by Amrit Kapai and Nicholas Kouchoukos of Bravo TV’s “Family Karma.”
“The Pride Festival is a beloved celebration here in Buffalo that we look forward to each year as we support our LGBTQIA+ community and bring people together in the name of love, inclusivity and unity,” said Justin Azzarella, chief strategy officer, Evergreen Health. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce that tickets are now available for the festival and that we will be joined by a diverse group of local and national talent to bring our theme, ‘Show Up. Turn Up.’ to life.”
“This year’s Pride Festival is going to be packed with incredible local and national performers that have made an undeniable impact within the underground and pop culture space,” said Kelly Craig, executive director, Pride Center of WNY. “We encourage members of the community to show up to the party and join us in singing, dancing, and celebrating out loud with our fellow peers and biggest supporters.”
The 2023 Pride Festival will be held on Sunday, June 4, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo’s Canalside
General admission tickets to the Pride Festival are $10 if purchased in advance online or $20 if purchased on the day of the event at the festival’s entrance at Canalside. For those interested in the Premium Lounge, tickets are $45 per person if purchased in advance or $55 per person on the day of the event. The Premium Lounge is reserved for those 21 years of age and older, featuring free and for-purchase drinks, VIP stage seating and views, and an opportunity to mingle with Pride Festival talent. Ticket purchases, along with all sponsorships and donations, support Buffalo Pride Week and the Pride Center of WNY, a non-profit organization dedicated to making Western New York a safe, healthy and satisfying place for LGBTQIA+ people to live, work and establish their families.
The 2023 Buffalo Pride Week celebration – themed “Show Up. Turn Up.” – will be held Tuesday, May 30, through Sunday, June 4, at various locations and venues throughout Western New York
The celebration will include family-friendly events, fitness-related events, art events, club parties and much more. Details for the signature Pride Parade and Pride Festival include:
Pride Parade: Stepping off Sunday, June 4, at 11 a.m. on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Forest Avenue and ending near Allen Street. Registration is free and open to the public and closes on Friday, May 12. Registration can be found at www.buffaloprideweek.com.
Pride Festival: Happening on Sunday, June 4, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Canalside (44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202). Tickets are now available for purchase online at www.buffaloprideweek.com.
“Buffalo Pride Week is one of the most exciting and joyous celebrations held in the city as the week-long event brings together individuals from different backgrounds to express their enthusiasm and support for one another,” said Glenn Jackson, Chief Diversity Officer at M&T Bank. “Standing with the LGBTQ+ community, we’ll continue to show up and turn up, fighting for equality and inclusion and celebrating our victories along the way.”
The Pride Parade and Pride Festival are hosted by Evergreen Health Foundation, an affiliate of Evergreen Health, and are presented by Evergreen Health and M&T Bank. 2023 Buffalo Pride Week is also sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, Barefoot Wine, BryLin, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres Foundation, Christopher J. Tyrpak, Attorney at Law, Dunkin’, Explore & More, Highmark BlueCross BlueShield, HSBC, Independent Health, Life Storage, Linde, National Grid, Phillips Lytle, Rich Products, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Tito’s Vodka, Try-It Distributing/Labatt USA, Univera Healthcare, and Wegmans.