The OutHudson Pride Parade is just ten days away--on Saturday, June 17. Today, OutHudson announced that the Grand Marshal of the parade will be Justin Vivian Bond, well known singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor. In addition to being a new Hudson Valley resident, Bond has performed in multiple venues throughout the area, including organizing the popular Spiegeltent Cabaret at Bard College.
OutHudson co-founder John M. Schobel stated, "I am literally breathless at the idea that V will be the Grand Marshal--or, as they prefer, Grand Marsha--of this year's OutHudson Parade. The title honors Marsha P. Johnson, the transwoman of color who threw the first brick during the Stonewall Riots, one of the many reasons we celebrate Pride in June. This is one of the most important events for the LGBTQ+ community in Columbia County and the greater Hudson Valley, and there is no better spokesperson than this staggeringly talented individual. Mx Bond is an inspiration to us all."
The OutHudson Parade, which is part of a full weekend of events, begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, from Seventh Street Park and proceeds down Warren Street to Front Street. Click here for more information about the weekend, the theme of which is "Wild Queendom."
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