Pride in the CLE is back — what to know

CLEVELAND (WJW) — The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is kicking off Pride Month with the return of Pride of the CLE this weekend.

The event, held in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, June 1, will start with a Pride march at 11 a.m. The nearly 1-mile procession begins at Mall A and culminates at Malls B and C. Marchers are encouraged to wear rainbow attire and wave Pride flags during the event.

The event continues with a festival at Malls B and C until 6 p.m.

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During the celebration, guests can expect live performances by LGBTQ artists and allies, including headlining pop artist Siena Liggins.

There will also be activist speeches, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden with both cocktails and mocktails, organizers say.

According to organizers, the event “aims to promote equality, diversity and inclusivity for all members of the LGBTQ community and its allies.”

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“As we come together to celebrate Pride in the CLE, we reaffirm our commitment to equality, acceptance and love for all,” Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, is quoted in a press release. “This event is not just a celebration; it’s a powerful reminder of the progress we’ve made and the work that still lies ahead in the fight for LGBTQ rights and inclusion.”

Learn more about the event, here.

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