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Queens Pride Parade and Festival to Take Place June 2

Photo: Queens Pride Twitter @QueensPrideNYC

May 31, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Queens’ LGBTQ community will be celebrated in Jackson Heights Sunday at the 27th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival.

The vibrant parade celebrating diversity and unity will begin at noon and run along 37th Avenue, starting at 89th Street and concluding where 37th Avenue meets 75th Street. The parade will then be followed by a lively festival on 37th Road at 75 Street starting at around 1:30 p.m. and going through 6 p.m.

The festival will feature singers, comedians, drag acts, and dance groups, as well as vendors, food options, and community and social booths.

The parade was founded by Council Member Daniel Dromm in 1993 to bring visibility to the LGBTQ community. The event was prompted by the death of Julio Rivera, a 29-year-old gay man who was killed in Jackson Heights as a result of a hate crime in 1990.

The parade will pass by the corner of 37th Avenue and 78th Street, which is named “Julio Rivera Corner.”

Dromm said tens of thousands of people from across the borough attend this parade to commemorate that incident, to show support to Queens’ LGBTQ community, and move the LGBTQ rights movement forward.

“Participating in the Queens Pride Parade sends a loud and clear message to everyone, everywhere: LGBTQ people are your family, friends and neighbors,” said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst).

“I founded the parade over 25 years ago to bring greater visibility to the LGBTQ community. Queens Pride has helped transform hearts and minds in Queens, throughout New York, and beyond,” Dromm said.

The theme of this year’s parade is World Pride, which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that launched the gay rights movement.

One grand marshal to be featured in this year’s parade is Candy Samples, a singer-songwriter who raised nearly $90,000 for the New Orleans AIDS Task Force’s Food for Friends Program through various benefit shows in which she performed.

Another grand marshal will be Jesse Pasackow, an activist who raises both money and awareness to support people with HIV/AIDS.

Pasackow teamed up with Candy Samples to create the Candy Wrappers AIDS Walk New York team. The pair helped the team raise $200,000 for the cause.

Other grand marshals include the Queens Pride Lions Club, an LGBTQ group that focuses on community service around Queens, and Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, New York’s first trans-latina run business that offers cosmetology products and services.

Parade participants will be eligible to win prizes–dubbed “Queenie” awards. Awards will be given to individuals who wear the best costumes, as well as to outstanding groups and performers. The winners will be announced after the parade.

The Queenie prizes will include “The Drag Race” for the best drag performance; “The Rainbow Award,” for the group with the best use of color; “The Screaming Queens Award” for the group with the best sound; and, the top prize, “The Simply the Best Award.”

The judges will be located in a tent in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office between 78 and 79 Streets.

Photo: Queens Pride Twitter @QueensPrideNYC

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12 Comments

JH resident

That’s great, I love to see the community support LGBT. They made me comfortable enough to come out of the closet and life has been so much better since.

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Richard Vagge

My concern, as any
Jackson Hts resident,
is the Noise Level and
Trash left in the
Wake of the Festivities.
Have the Event, just
clean up the streets
/ sewers and sidewalks within 2 hours
after the event Ends.
… only Fair.

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Frank Newton,/Jo-Jo manansala

Dan Dromm is wonderful. I have lived in Jackson Hts. all my life. I was born in Physcians Hospital which is no longer here. I have seen many changes,I also remember as a kid in Jackson Hts. you would be called Queer or Fag. It was very dangerous to be out . I remember the first Gay Parade in Jackson Hts. Guiliani was Mayor. Police were so worried there would be trouble that they had snipers on buildings over looking the parade. A police helicopter was constantly flying over 37th. Ave. things were very tense. Thanks to Dan Dromm we now feel safe to march along 37th. Ave. Dan Dromm is a Politician, he’s Gay and he understands the Gay struggles. Say no to all haters and nay sayers. Say thank you to Dan Dromm. I for one will be at this years parade and I will shake Dan’s hand and thank him for all he has done for all his Gay Brothers and sisters. Please get out March and show your pride. Be Gay, Be Proud.

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Duncan

Appreciating Danny for all he has done for this district and ‘hood where I have lived and felt safe in since 1993. Kudos!

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Little Jimmy

Of course little Jimmy Van Bramer will be there. The lightweight politico never misses an opportunity for free publicity. I wonder if he’ll bring Cynthia Nixon.

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Joe at the Berkeley

Not everyone could be a contender like the groper in chief gas bag with an orange wig.

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Alex

No thanks! Just another Jackson Heights parade. Do we have to see Danny Dromm again walking around with a boa on. Who will he pull up on the stage to use as his political platform and tell us how wonderful he is and how his political allies are just as wonderful?

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Richard Vagge

My concern, as any
Jackson Hts resident,
is the Noise Level and
Trash left in the
Wake of the Festivities.
Have the Event, just
clean up the streets
/ sewers and sidewalks within 2 hours
after the event Ends.
… only Fair.

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I agree, people celebrating who they are and our diverse city somehow hurts me

yeah how dare they have a harmless parade, thank god you found some way to politicize it!

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