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PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Pride Parade

Photo Credit Living In The Buff by Paul Fanara. Click here to follow Living In The Buff on Facebook.

The Pride Parade is a time when our community marches together down Elmwood Avenue in celebration of our history and culture, and as a visible representation of the multiple ways there are to be LBGTQ in WNY. – the Pride Center of Western New York

The Pride Parade lined up at Buffalo State College with more than 100 WNY organizations participating. The Parade began at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Forest Avenue, and continued down Elmwood to the corner of Allen Street. The post-parade festival was held at Canalside.

Buffalo & Western New York Pride Week is presented by the Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. Event proceeds benefit PCWNY and help to support the organization’s year-round programs and services. The Theme of the 2017 Buffalo Pride Week was CONNECT, “In times of uncertainty, building connections is as vital as it is difficult. This Pride Week we encourage you to keep celebrating being LGBTQ and take time to reflect, plan and connect.”

Connect to


· one another

· someone you’ve never met

· a perspective you haven’t considered

· a cause

· your feelings

· your voice

· visibility

· knowing when you’re ready to be visible

· community leaders

· another generation

· singular they pronouns

· love

· your limits

· the needs of others

· transitions

· family and chosen family

· your body

· laughing

· dancing

· crying

· encouraging others

· telling your story

Written by Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is an author, speaker, coach, marketer, and business development strategist. Her professional consulting company, MEMC handles all aspects of marketing and business development planning and implementation, assisting with strategic planning initiatives and the creation of marketing action plans, as well as planning and executing private and public events, including: the coaching of individuals, multi-day conferences, as well as other development initiatives. In addition to her work with MEMC, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic marketing efforts at Local Matters, Inc. the parent company of Buffalo Rising.

She is active in her community and serves on several non-profit boards, such as WNY Heritage Magazine, O'Connell & Company Productions, and the Women's Business Center (WBC) Advisory Board. She is also a Democratic Committee Member in the Town of Tonawanda. Most recently, She has been asked to serve as the Marketing Consultant for the WBC's COVID Recovery Task Force.

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