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.
So we don’t have a right but protesters do. This is just not right we should get together we faced prosecution as well online are you kidding me
Maybe they do, under the right to free assembly. Maybe they DON’T have the right, they never said they did.
They aren’t marching because they have the right, they are just protesting police murdering George Floyd.
You make a great point, the LGBT+ community is also marginalizes, it’s why the march is so important. However, gathering in large groups is risky right now so…?
You do have the right the protest. You are referring to the parade.
There are a lot of LGBT people protesting at the current protests. But, that is neither here nor there.
All parades have been cancelled. But the protests are not permitted and/or city sponsored events.
By all means, let’s have an LGBT+ protest. Put it on social media. It takes one post and a day later there’s like 25k people.