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Queens Pride ‘Virtual Parade’ To Take Place Sunday

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June 6, 2020 By Michael Dorgan 

The Queens Pride virtual parade will take place online this Sunday, June 7.

The physical parade, which was expected to go ahead in Jackson Heights tomorrow, is being replaced by a live-streamed event starting at noon to celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ community.

The online event will feature video performances from drag queen entertainers, various community groups, healthcare workers, and nonprofit organizations.

The lineup will include drag performers Angela Mansberry, Gina Tonic, Cissy Walken, Ducky Sheaboi, and Patsy InDecline.

Old footage from past parades will also be shown and various elected city officials will pitch in with video messages.

The celebration will close out with a virtual dance party hosted by a number of DJs.

Organizers were forced to cancel the regular parade in April after the mayor suspended all public events in June due to COVID-19. It marked the first time the parade has been canceled in 27 years.

However, organizers immediately began drafting plans to transition the parade online in order to keep the decade’s long tradition intact.

This year’s event will be co-hosted by Astoria-based drag queen Candy Samples and Marcus Woolen, a volunteer from Jackson Heights.

The event will be live-streamed from the Queens Pride’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Crackson Heights

Well it’s a good thing for you bigots that’s its virtual so you have the option of not watching it.

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Javier

Why are you so ignorant to assume people are bigots? Maybe you’re the bigot Or maybe you’re self esteem is so low that you get offended by other people’s comments. Or maybe you just weren’t shown enough attention as a child. Everyone has opinions that may not be the same as yours, but if you really had any self esteem, you wouldn’t hide your commentary using fake names. You should look in the mirror and love yourself first before You criticize others comments because you don’t agree with them. Or maybe just act your age.

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Javier

During protests and a pandemic?? Why? The city is in debt already without these parades. All parades, not just this one. All this is going to do is make traffic worse than it already is. Can’t wait for retirement to leave this city.

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Crackson Heights

OK seriously I hope you’re legally blind and if you are my apologies I don’t harp on peoples disabilities if not there is definitely something wrong with you. The title literally says Virtual Parade. You said retire so maybe you’re boomer so maybe you don’t understand Tech. VIRTUAL means online. Soo no traffic no human contact. Also since it’s virtual it will be cheaper than actually having a parade. Maybe u should leave and wallow in your own misery because people who don’t like parades are just self loathing. BYE FELICIA. you won’t get the reference but whatever.

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Javier

Im probably older than you and I don’t hide by fake pseudonyms. So grow a pair first, then talk to me. So… bye felicia.

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Maria

Considering their home neighborhood and how many people died there, this type of celebration is inappropriate at this time. Who really cares. This group did nothing for the Jackson Heights community during the pandemic and they are a non profit. Shame on them.

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Crackson Heights

Another person who does not know what VIRTUAL means. On a positive note since you’re a bigot the parade being virtual means you won’t even have to see it because it will be online DUH.

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