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(WJET/WFXP) – Following the cancellation of Pride Fest on Saturday, businesses in downtown Erie are joining forces to host an event to benefit the LGBTQ+ community.

ASCEND Erie and Voodoo Brewery will host more than a dozen small local businesses selling things like handmade crafts, jewelry, art, bags and purses following the annual Erie Pride Parade on Sunday.


The Erie Pride Fest was canceled shortly after the event began Saturday due to severe weather, which included a tornado warning and a severe weather advisory for Erie County.

“NWPA Pride did a great job organizing Pride events this year, including today’s downtown Pride parade, but Mother Nature had other plans for Pride on the Bay,” said Chris Rosato Jr., General Manager of ASCEND Erie. “So many merchants were stocked up on merchandise and excited to celebrate Pride with everyone, and we couldn’t have everyone go home disappointed. We hope we give the merchants a chance to recoup some of their losses and that all of this year’s Pride participants can support all of the great local businesses we have in Erie.”

There is no charge to visit and purchase from the ASCEND Erie or Voodoo Brewery booths. The event will take place on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.