Last year, our Community came home to the city where Pride began for World Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. A year later, on what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Pride March, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio has told us to #StayHomeStaySafe and canceled all non-essential events for June including Pride 2020.
According to ABC7 News, New York City’s cancelation also includes the” Puerto Rican Day Parade”, and the “Salute to Israel Parade.” In his statement the Mayor said, “It’s not a happy announcement, but it’s one we have to make… [I] hope that the events, including the Pride March which is marking its 50th anniversary, could be postponed… We’re going to miss all three of them in June. But they will be back. And we will find the right way to do it.”
NYC Pride made their own announcement via their website and on social media.
It's with a sad heart that we let everyone know that Mayor De Blasio has made the decision to cancel all June in-person gatherings, including NYC Pride events, in response to the ongoing health crisis.
— New York City Pride (@NYCPride) April 20, 2020
“Heritage of Pride, in partnership with the City of New York, announced today that the NYC Pride 2020 roster of events, originally scheduled for June 14-28, will not take place as planned. Due to the collective concern for the overall safety of the community, the organization has worked closely with the City to arrive at this decision… As a founding member of InterPride, the board and membership of Heritage of Pride have agreed to participate in the virtual Global Pride event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Additionally, NYC Pride will continue to evaluate the situation and work toward creative ways to celebrate pride.”
Read their full statement HERE
Additionally, WABC-TV, which is broadcast partner of Pride, will continue to mark Pride Month in June with a series of specials, stories and a virtual celebration. In a statement,
“WABC Channel 7 will continue to support Heritage of Pride this year by broadcasting a special NYC Pride programming event in June to all communities across the NYC and tri-state area. This virtual event will shine a light on Pride month and the incredible stories of unity and strength by utilizing the powerful reach of ABC-7, the number one station in the market, and the deep connection we have with our viewers and communities,” said Debra O’Connell, WABC-TV President & General Manager.
Here’s a look back at our coverage of Pride March 2019
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