In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jersey Pride, Inc (JPI), the producer of NJ's Annual Statewide LGBTQ Pride Parade, Rally and Festival, announces the postponement of the Pride Celebration in Asbury Park from Sunday, June 7 until Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event, which traditionally kicks off Pride month in the Garden State, will now be held this fall on National Coming Out Day.
Jersey Pride began producing the Pride celebration in 1992 to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community to congregate and celebrate. The decision as to how to proceed in light of the pandemic was informed by that mandate. After weeks spent carefully monitoring the Governor's directives, tracking projections of the virus in the state, and communicating with the host city of Asbury Park, Jersey Pride concluded that it could not responsibly plan for or hold the annual Pride event on June 7. Laura Pople, president of JPI explained "we elected to postpone pride, rather than cancel it outright, believing that by doing so we offer a message of hope to the LGBTQ community: we will come out from the pandemic, and we will once again come together - joyfully, fabulously, in celebration of pride."
Jersey Pride produces one of the rare prides by the ocean and this year's special Autumn celebration will be no different. When individuals and families alike arrive at the shore on October 11, they will be treated to a safe event full of love and rainbows. This Annual Pride will feature a parade through Asbury Park, a day-long performance stage, and a festival rich with vendors, organizations, child-friendly activities, and a gastronomically delightful food court. The fall festivities are expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees. Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn observes that "Jersey Pride is a signature event in Asbury Park whenever it's held, and we are looking forward to marching in the parade in October." Jersey Pride's title sponsor, Bank of America, is also eagerly anticipating the October event. "Bank of America remains committed to the event and looks forward to celebrating in October”, said Alberto Garofalo Bank of America New Jersey Market President.
Join Jersey Pride this Autumn to celebrate National Coming Out Day in the splendor of Asbury Park. National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on October 11 in 1988 to commemorate the March on Washington the year before. We look forward to sharing this wonderful day with you.
For more information, to volunteer, or to sponsor this event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn how to participate as a vendor or a marching contingent, please visit our website at www.jerseypride.org: Information for registering for Jersey Pride on October 11, 2020 will be posted there shortly. And mark your calendar for June 6, 2021 for Jersey Pride, Inc.'s 30th Annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration.
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