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Why are there fees for certain Pride Week events?

Most events during Buffalo Pride Week are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Gay 5K and Pride Festival. Admission fees help us offset the many Pride Week production expenses which have grown along with the size of the Festival. These expenses include such things as festival site rental, security and labor.  Using a popular site like Canalside means needing more resources to ensure the safety of all Festival goers. Your continued generosity greatly helps us offer a safe and fun environment for everyone. Any additional proceeds will benefit the year-round programs and services of the Pride Center of Western New York.

The Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.  Click here to learn more about our services.

Are pets allowed?

In accordance with our event insurance and advisement from the SPCA, pets are NOT permitted at Pride Festival events.

Statement from the SPCA of Erie County: KEEP PETS HOME DURING OUTDOOR FESTIVALS. Arts festivals, food festivals, summer fireworks displays, and other crowded outdoor events are no places for dogs.  Extremely hot weather, paired with immense crowds of people and strange noises and scents, heightens the stress level for many animals; the repetitive, exploding sound of fireworks is enough to make even the calmest animal frantic and sometimes aggressive. Your pet's body is closer to the asphalt and can heat up much more quickly.  The hot pavement can also burn unprotected, sensitive paw pads. Click here for additional information about Pet Safety in the summer.

Are the events of Pride Week handicapped accessible?

Please visit our events page for specific handicap accessibility accommodations for each event.  A brief breakdown by event is outlined below.

  • Flag Raising Ceremony – Handicapped Accessible
  • Gay 5k – Handicapped Accessible
  • Dyke+ March – Handicapped Accessible along roadway of March. Please note: grassy areas can be challenging for individuals with walkers, wheelchairs and canes.
  • Pride Parade – Handicapped Accessible along roadway
  • Pride Festival – Handicapped Accessible along various paved and boardwalk portions of this outdoor event location. Please note: grassy and historic cobblestone areas can be challenging for individuals with walkers, wheelchairs and canes. We are seeking ways to improve accessibility at this event.

Are there items I shouldn't bring to the Pride Festival?

All bags and persons at Canalside Live concerts (including Buffalo Pride Festival) are subject to security inspection.  The following information is designed to assist in expediting the entry process.


  • Bags
  • Cell phones
  • Keys
  • Electronic devices
  • Chairs
  • Blankets

  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Backpacks/Large tote bags (Diaper bags and small purses are permitted – No larger than 12" by 12")
  • Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food or beverage, including coolers
  • All professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devices
  • Selfie sticks, Tripods or Monopods
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Air Horns
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)

Where can I find parking or public transit information for Pride Week events?

Parking and transit options vary for each event of Pride Week.  Please visit our events page for specific parking and transit accommodations for each event.