The 2nd Annual Gettysburg Pride events are scheduled from May 31 to June 3, in downtown Gettysburg for LGBT+ community and friends.

In summer of 2017, when a few friends were sitting around wondering why Gettysburg didn't have a Gay Pride Event yet, they decided to organize a bar crawl. With just a two-week notice, they thought maybe a dozen people would show up. On June 22, 2017, more than 80 people filled the bar at Gettysburg Hotel's One Lincoln. Pride flags, glow in the dark necklaces, and friends both old and new filled four different local bars and walked around historic Lincoln Square.

Gettysburg Pride 2018 will have a full weekend of events of all kinds including: bar crawl, education/outreach and free rapid HIV testing and counseling from Family First Health's Caring Together Program, restaurant, winery, shopping tours, piano bar cabaret and more. Many businesses in town will be sponsoring the event, so be sure to look for the pride flags and visit them to say thanks for their support!

The 2018 Pride Committee members Chad-Alan Carr, Karl Held, Jennie Knox, Ken Knox, and Corey Williams have created a brochure/map with lots of local business support, as well as friends and neighbors from the community donating to cover expenses for the pride fest. Any leftover proceeds will be donated to Family First Health's Caring Together Program for people living with HIV in Adams and York Counties.

"We are humbled by the show of support," said Carr."Our Mayor wrote a welcome statement for our event brochure and so many places will have pride flags out this weekend. We just want people to come have a safe, fun time and know that they are welcome here. We all love Gettysburg and it has a lot to offer everyone. We find it to be pretty open and welcoming to the LGBT community, and we look forward to supporting all those that support us."

The schedule of Gettysburg Pride 2018 includes a welcome reception at 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Gettysburg Hotel Atrium/One Lincoln. Welcome bags courtesy of Destination Gettysburg, The Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg, and Gettysburg Pride include great shopping coupons, brochure, map and more and are while supplies last. Then the bar crawl steps off onto Lincoln Square after 10:30 p.m. with stops planned in no particular order for: One Lincoln, The Pub, The Flying Bull, The Parrot, The Gary Owens, The Blue & Grey, and Mama's Basement Lounge.

Friday, June 1, will include a Pride Mixer from 5-7 p.m. with free food while it lasts and cash bar at the Gettysburg Hotel. Family First Health will be there for free rapid HIV testing, information, and counseling in private room. Following the mixer will be the Opening Night Reception for ticket holders to the musical Into The Woods at Gettysburg Community Theatre.

Saturday, June 2, will include a Pride Mixer from 5-7 p.m. with free food while it lasts and wine tastings at Knob Hall downtown with appetizers compliments of Food 101. Then after dinner at 10 p.m. Ricky Ritzel, an award-winning Cabaret Pianist from NYC will entertain guests at The Parrot with a NYC style piano bar where guests can sing along or just enjoy the singers of the Gettysburg Pride Cabaret.

All day Friday and Saturday, many businesses and friends downtown will have special offers for folks that show their pride so visitors and residents are encouraged to show support to the 2018 Gettysburg Pride Sponsors including: Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, Gettysburg Community Theatre, A&A Village Treasures, Food 101, Ride Share Driver Ken Knox, The Parrot, Family First Health Gettysburg, Gettysburg Hotel/One Lincoln, The Christmas Haus Gettysburg/New Oxford, The Majestic Theater, Lark, Sunrise Soap Company, Gallery 30, The Ragged Edge, Hauser Estate Winery, ArtWorks, Open Minds, Knob Hall, The Garyowen Irish Pub, Adams County Democratic Committee, Matt Nelson, The Brafferton Inn, Fresh Boutique, Prosperity Mobile Marketing, The Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg, and The Spirited Ladies.

Sunday, June 3, the Gettysburg Pride Committee encourages you to enjoy Brunch downtown.

Gettysburg Pride full schedule and more about tickets and non-ticketed events can be found online at www.GettysburgPride.org as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The committee encourages everyone to have a safe, fun time, drink responsibly, have a designated driver or call Uber/Lyft, and post photos of Pride throughout the weekend with tag #gettysburgpride. Suggestions for next year are also welcome and can be sent to: GettysburgLGBTpride@gmail.com

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