Penn State Altoona group plans Pride Parade

Ceremony, celebration part of Oct. 11 event

Pride Alliance, Penn State Altoona’s LGBTQ student organization, will hold a Pride Parade at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Altoona.

The parade will begin at the corner of Green Avenue and Ninth Street and end at the intersection of 15th Street.

A ceremony and celebration will follow in Rossman Park along 11th Avenue.

Todd Snovel, executive director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on LGBTQ issues, and local musician Walkney will be special guests at the event.

“LGBTQ members are part of your community; they’re already here. They’re active. They’re amazing. They’re doing great things,” said Sue Patterson, director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Programming at Penn State Altoona. “All they’re asking from our community is for you to look at them and say, ‘You’re one of us,’ instead of looking for how we’re different.”

The parade is the first of its kind in Blair County, according to Penn State Altoona, and coincides with National Coming Out Day.