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2022 Pride Festival Vendor Information

July 30th 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Emergency Responders Plaza
Harrisburg, PA

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Pride Festival of Central PA. Our organization is dedicated to providing a safe environment for people of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community to celebrate their diversity while supporting local economic growth by partnering with the community and attracting individuals to Central Pennsylvania.

What Makes Being a Part of the Pride Festival of Central PA a Good Idea?

It’s simply a matter of economics and good business sense. The discretionary income of the LGBTQ+ community is expanding yearly along with their open presence in the work and market places. Being a part of the Pride Festival of Central PA, you will be effectively reaching the LGBTQ+ market in Pennsylvania’s third largest Pride celebration and tapping into a community that is fiercely loyal to businesses and providers who support diversity and equality.

  • A recent study shows the LGBTQ+ population in the United States is roughly 18 million people and their buying power is more than $875 billion.
  • According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), more than 300,000 individuals consulted the HRC’s Buying for Equality guide and mobile app to ensure that their money was spent at fair-minded businesses.
  • 47% of LGBTQ+ consumers are more likely to consider purchasing from a company that has advertisements tailored to a gay audience.*
    More than 70% of gay and lesbian consumers reported that they have switched products and or service providers because they learned that the company supported the LGBTQ+ community or had LGBTQ+ friendly policies.*
  • 71% of LGBTQ+ adults are likely to remain loyal to a brand they believe to be supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, even when less friendly companies may offer lower prices or be more convenient.*
  • 74% of LGBTQ+ adults are likely to consider brands that support non-profits or causes that are important to them as an LGBTQ+ person.*
  • 87% of LBGT adults are likely to consider a brand that is known to provide equal workplace benefits for all employees.*

* Research of Witeck Communications / Harris Interactive Studies conducted in 2010 & 2011.

About the Pride Festival of Central PA

Since 1992, Pride Festival of Central PA has held an annual festival each summer to promote awareness and showcase organizations and businesses  available to the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities. Pride Festival weekend provides several safe environments for people of the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities to celebrate their diversity and support local economic growth by partnering with the community, and attracting individuals to Central Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Pride Festival of Central PA:

In all of its activities and efforts, the Pride Festival of Central PA shall have as a central aspiration the achievement of equity for all underrepresented groups and to increase the positive visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Central Pennsylvania by providing opportunities to express and celebrate diverse perspectives, emphasizing acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Our Patrons

The Pride Festival of Central PA regularly attracts 5,000 people to Central PA. The 2019 festival brought people from all over the country to Pennsylvania's capital city.

A look at who attends:

Age
Race
Relationship Status

Representing:

28 Counties

Allegheny, Adams, Berks, Centre, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montgomery, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York.

14 States & Washington DC

AZ, CA, CT, DL, FL, IA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WA & WV

Attendees Live With:

68% a Cat or Dog

18% a Child /Children

When they drink alcohol, they prefer:

Beer 52%

Liquor 38%

Wine 9%

Application Materials

Vendor spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Not all applicants may be accepted based on availability of space or conflicting products/services. We make every attempt to limit duplicate food vendors (those selling the same products).

Online Application

To complete your application online, click on the image above.

Food Vendors

Food vendors are required to provide a copy of their General Merchant License and Special Events Health License for the City of Harrisburg. Please click on the licenses below to download the necessary forms to begin the application process.

City of Harrisburg General License Application

Special Event Health License Application

Additional City of Harrisburg license and applications can be found on the city’s website: http://harrisburgpa.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the times of the event?

The 2022 Pride Festival of Central PA, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on Saturday, July 30th from 11 AM – 6 PM. The 2022 Pride Festival will be returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex Grounds, at Emergency Responders Plaza. The Pride Festival of Central PA made history in 2017 as the first Pride Festival in the nation to be held on the grounds of a State Capitol.

How do I know if my application was accepted?

In some instances, we may be limited in who we can accept as a vendor (i.e. exclusivity contracts) and/or we may limit vendors based on similar products. The earlier you register, the better chance you have to avoid that situation. Each vendor will receive an email notification stating whether their application was accepted or rejected. Payments will be charged once an application is accepted.

Where is our spot?

Upon check-in you will receive a festival map and be directed to your spot by a volunteer. If you have participated with the festival in past years and would like to request a specific spot, please reference your request on the Vendor Application form. Refunds are not provided to vendors who do not like their space although the Pride Board may entertain requests if alternate space(s) are available.

What are the setup and teardown times?

Festival setup begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM. All vendors should enter through Forster Street next to the Archives building at their chosen time.   There’s a ramp there that will help in getting material onto the plaza. We will be sending out a schedule for first come first serve unloading passes.  All vendors should be checked in by 10 AM. Golf carts are the only vehicles  permitted on the Plaza. Hand trucks and wagons are also permitted. All items must be carried to your space.

Teardown will begin at 6:00 PM. Vendors are responsible for the trash or refuse at their vendor location, or associated with their vendor activities. We respectfully ask that you also clean up the area surrounding your vending space. Trash receptacles will be made available. Cardboard boxes must be broken down and bagged for collection. Any vendor not in compliance will be barred from participating in future events.

Important: No fees or charges will be refunded to vendors who fail to arrive within the setup window, or who are no shows.

Where do we park?

7th Street Garage we’ll have special event parking for $10 if you are unable to find free parking on the capital complex.

Limited vendor parking will be available next to the Festival Grounds on a first come first serve basis.

What about wristbands?

Wristbands are not necessary at this year’s festival. Suggested donation for entry will be $10.

What about tents, tables & chairs?

Tents are suggested as the event is outside, rain or shine. Tents must be weighed down with sandbags, or plastic containers filled with sand. The Pennsylvania Capitol Complex does not allow staking of tents in the park.

Tents are not available for rental from the Pride Festival. One table and two chairs come with each vendor space. Extra tables are available to rent at $10 each and extra chairs at $2 each. Extra tables and chairs will be provided for ONLY those vendors who requested to rent them via their vendor application, although additional tables and chairs MAY be available to rent at the Vendor Information booth on a first come, first served basis.

What about electricity?

Electricity can no longer be provided to vendors with our location change to Emergency Responders Plaza located on the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. Vendors needing electricity will be responsible for providing their own generator, cords and hook-ups.

Is there a dress code?

As the Pride Festival continues to grow, more patrons bring their families and friends with small children. With this in mind, please respect public decency. The following are not acceptable attire on the Pride Festival grounds or during the event:

  • Visible underwear or what appears to be underwear
  • G-strings
  • Speedos
  • Loin cloths
  • BDSM attire or accessories that highlight genitalia or buttocks

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Board Members reserve the right to deny event entry and or eject any individuals or groups (vendors, participants or patrons) who do not adhere to this policy.

Do I need to have a special license for this event?

Food vendors must have a valid City of Harrisburg Health License and Mercantile License, and a one-day Special Events Health License. To obtain these licenses or if you have any questions, please contact 717-255-3020 and/or the Health Officer of the City of Harrisburg at 717-255-6552. A link is provided on the website to download the license applications.

Are there any other rules that I need to be aware of as a food vendor?

Yes; all food vendors must comply with all health regulations, including being fully clothed at all times. Covid regulations at the time of Festival may determine mask wearing. Any vendor not complying with these items will forfeit vendor fees and will be asked to leave the festival.

Pictures courtesy of our 2014 Photographers: Kierstyn Benson, Christina Kerstetter, Lisa Filipiak, Larry Klinger, Nate Melton, Jenna Mock, Tara Padfield, Mike Peters, Frank Pizzoli. Joel Smith