2013 Annual Pride Report: Rochester Pride Celebrates 40 Years
This year Rochester Pride celebrates 40 Fabulous Years, an occurance known as a Ruby Jubilee. Any friend of Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz) knows she is famous for her ruby red slippers. The Gay Alliance puts its own unique spin on this concept as this year the Pride theme is: “There’s No Place Like Pride.” As I reflect on the progress of our LGBT community, I am exceptionally proud. We have passed marriage equality in 12 states, polls show that over 50% of the population support same sex marriage initiatives, and we recently saw the historic Supreme Court ruling which declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
The 40th year of Pride brings many big changes and fun new activities along with the traditional popular events.
Flag Raising Ceremony
Fri., July 19, 2013; 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Manhattan Square Park
Join me as I assist “ringing in” the official beginning of Rochester Pride. We will gather together to celebrate the kickoff of our wonderful Pride events. This year the bright colors of the rainbow flag will be displayed at Manhattan Square Park for the Flag Raising Ceremony event, traditionally held at City Hall, will move to highlight Pride’s new location at the newly renovated Manhattan Square Park.
Rochester Pride Parade
Sat,. July 20, 2013; 3:00 PM start
Whether you are participating or acting as a spectator, it’s easy to see why the Pride Parade is just about the most fun parade we have in the City of Rochester. This year the route will change slightly as the parade meanders down Park Ave and ends at the Festival site. This year the Parade Marshalls are Jen Posey and Zahra Langford the owners of Hedonist Chocolates, and long advocates of the LGBT community. Honorary Marshalls include Whitey LeBlanc and Patti Evans. Who can be seen here: http://womenwopinions.typepad.com/shoulders_to_stand_on/whitey_leblanc/.
Sat. July 20, 2013; 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Noon – 3:30 PM Family Fest
Manhattan Square Park $10 -$15
New to Pride is the Family Fest Time, which will take place at the festival site, but will have family and senior friendly activities. The festival which includes food, drink, and entertainment will also feature the LGBT History Pavilion, which houses an exhibit spanning the years from pre-Stonewall to current day Rochester. The exhibit has several pieces on loan, but also features collections from the GAGV own library and archives.
Sun., July 21, 2013; 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Genesee Valley Park $10-$25
The pride picnic is the event that started it all 40 years ago. This event will be retro themed, and throw it back to the 70s. Hope you are able to stop by and support this year’s Pride events. We are looking forward to another 40 years of fun, pride, and community engagement.