The festival begins on Wednesday, June 12, and continues through Sunday, June 16. The highlight of the festival is, as always, the parade down Warren Street, from Seventh Street Park to Promenade Hill, which steps off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. This year, there are no fewer than three grand marshals: New York State Senator Tom Duane; Elena Moseley, director of Operation Unite New York; and drag legend Sherry Vine. To sign up to be part of the parade, click here. The deadline for registering is Monday, June 10.
OutHudson directors made these statements about this year's pride festival:
Rick Volo, a.k.a. "Trixie Starr": In 2010, I organized a small group of people in Hudson to put together the first Pride parade. Now, the TENTH parade, Pride has helped define the City of Hudson, and Columbia County, as a welcoming home for the LGBTQ community. People now move here, open businesses here, and are raising families under the rainbow flags that line Warren Street. Throughout the years, with over sixty contingents, the Pride Parade and Pride Festivities have become one of the largest events in Columbia County.
Charlie Ferrusi: Our theme, "Faerie Tales," ties in the community-focused and anti-establishment Radical Faerie movement, with the queer fairy that is Hudson. The nature of Pride in Hudson has always been grassroots, supported and organized entirely by local small businesses and community members. Looking back to our first pride in 2010, I remember the joy of realizing that local LGBTQ kids like me didn’t have to move to big cities to feel proud of who they are. That we had all the love we needed right here in Hudson, in a city of 6,000 people. That feeling of “community” is still incredibly important today, as we celebrate our tenth Pride.
John M. Schobel: On behalf of OutHudson, we could not be happier to put on the 10th annual Pride Parade in Hudson. As made clear by the 50th celebration of Stonewall, the entire world is turning its attention to the importance of LGBTQI issues. Given the increase in hate crimes, and the conscious efforts to restrict our civil rights, it's critical that we all continue to celebrate the beautiful diversity of our community. Our Faerie theme expresses that beautifully.To learn more about this year's OutHudson Pride Festival, visit OutHudson.com.
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