2016 LI Pride Announced
The LGBT Network is proud to announce the 26th Annual Long Island Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Huntington’s Hecksher Park. This year’s event will continue to feature the fun and community-building activities that have increased the Pride festival’s popularity in recent years, driving attendance to more than 15,000 participants annually. While plans to enhance the festival take shape, the traditional pride parade is on-hold for 2016, with plans for a big 2017 announcement forthcoming.
“As our community and movement evolves, so does LI Pride,” says LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick. “We love the parade, but despite more groups marching in the parade last year than ever before, the number of parade spectators has dropped dramatically for well over a dozen years. While a few hundred watch the parade, thousands more go right to the park, and resources need to be allocated where the greatest need exists to ensure the best experience for all. We’ve made the decision to put the parade on-hold for 2016, but a march is coming back for 2017. We’re excited about 2016 LI Pride and thrilled that plans are already underway to revamp it for 2017 to make LI Pride a bigger and better destination for more LGBT people, their families, and allies. We’ll be announcing our plans for 2017 at this year’s Pride festival.”
LI Pride is proud to have Bethpage Federal Credit Union return as its Presenting Sponsor for the fourth year, as well as welcoming TD Bank for its fourth year as the sponsor of the VIP Lounge. The VIP Lounge will offer larger tents, lounge furniture with great views of the entertainment stage, special bar, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, and giveaways. And this year two large screens will flank the entertainment stage providing easy viewing of the entertainment from anywhere in the park.
The 10,000 Maniacs will headline a day of live musical entertainment featuring Blackbox, France Joli and Rockell. And returning this year to the stage will be local entertainment. Attendees can visit more than 60 community and business exhibitors, get information and screenings in the health pavilion, and enjoy a variety of food vendors. For attendees 21 and over, the Beer and Wine Garden will continue as well. A Children’s Pavilion will also return providing opportunities for young children of LGBT-headed families to enjoy Pride and meet other families just like themselves. A Family Pavilion, sponsored by Long Island IVF, will provide information about how LGBT people can start and grow their families.
See www.lipride.org for more information, including on how to become a vendor at Pride Fest and how to become an event sponsor.