PrideFest celebrated in Pittston

Staff reports | August 18th, 2015 10:44 am

PITTSTON — The NEPA Rainbow Alliance PrideFest was held Saturday, Aug. 15 in downtown Pittston for the first time ever. The event was previously held at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

Helen Davis, vice chair of the Board of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance and member of the PrideFest Committee, said the move was because Pittston has a law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

Aside from added protection set in place by Pittston, the NEPA Rainbow Alliance hoped the new location would attract more visitors from Lackawanna County, Davis said.

Rainbow flags are among the many items for sale at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday afternoon.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PSD081615PrideFest_4.jpgRainbow flags are among the many items for sale at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday afternoon. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Vendor T.J. Belt of Dallas mans his balloon stand at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PSD081615PrideFest_5.jpgVendor T.J. Belt of Dallas mans his balloon stand at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
A PrideFest attendee wears her rainbow mask at the Tomato Festival lot in Pittston on Saturday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PSD081615PrideFest_2.jpgA PrideFest attendee wears her rainbow mask at the Tomato Festival lot in Pittston on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Derek Ciaruffoli of Shavertown, left, and Nick Newtown of Nanticoke show their PRIDE at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday afternoon.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PSD081615PrideFest_1.jpgDerek Ciaruffoli of Shavertown, left, and Nick Newtown of Nanticoke show their PRIDE at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday afternoon. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
PrideFest emcee and event coordinator Estella Sweet of Wilkes-Barre walks the Tomato Festival lot on Saturday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PSD081615PrideFest_3.jpgPrideFest emcee and event coordinator Estella Sweet of Wilkes-Barre walks the Tomato Festival lot on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

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