Pittsburgh police have announced Downtown street closures for this weekend’s Pittsburgh PrideFest events, which are expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees.
Liberty Avenue will be closed between Ninth and Grant streets and Smithfield Street will be closed from Liberty to Seventh avenues from 4 a.m. today through 11 p.m. Sunday for "Pride in the Street," featuring a concert by Chaka Khan. She will perform on the stage at 10th Street. Opening acts will be Vita Chambers, Ayah Marar, and Lazaro Arbos. The concert begins at 5 p.m. today.
General admission tickets to the concert are $45. Police have advised that no bags larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches by 4 inches will be permitted, and bags and patrons will be subject to search. No chairs or outside beverages are permitted at the concert venue, and no one under 18 will be allowed in unless accompanied by a parent or guardian 25 or older.
On Sunday, limited street closures will occur for the "Pride March," which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The staging area will be on the Boulevard of the Allies between Grant and Wood streets. The route will begin at the Boulevard of the Allies, turn left onto Grant Street on the outbound lanes, left onto Fifth Avenue, right onto Liberty Avenue and will end at Sixth and Liberty avenues. The march will go directly into the "PrideFest" event at Seventh and Liberty, which will take place from 1 to 6:30 p.m.
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Parking restrictions will be in effect all day Saturday and Sunday on the Boulevard of the Allies (both sides) from Grant to Market streets; Fifth Avenue between Grant Street and Liberty Avenue; and Liberty Avenue between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street.
Nineteen Port Authority bus routes will have detours on Saturday and nearly 50 will be affected by the Sunday closures. Details are available at www.portauthority.org.