Fresno Rainbow Pride has made their decision to cancel the in-person parade and festival that regularly scheduled for Saturday, June 6th, 2020. This year’s pride celebration would have been its 30th anniversary. As tough of a pill this was to swallow I’m sure they made the absolute correct decision in the interests of health and safety. Here is the full statement released by Jeffrey Robinson…
To our Community of Pride:
Community Link’s Fresno Rainbow Pride has made the very difficult decision that it is not feasible to hold an in-person LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday June 6th. This past Wednesday evening, the committee of Fresno Rainbow Pride made this very difficult decision due to the public health crisis we are all experiencing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Community’s safety and health are our highest priorities and we want everyone to survive today so that we may celebrate together in the near future.
The Big 30th annual LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival is not cancelled, it is only on hold for the time being and will happen as soon as it is appropriate and safe to gather in big numbers. The 30th Pride parade will happen on a future date, even if that means waiting till next year, Saturday, June 5, 2021. All funds we have so far raised will be set aside for that date to arrive. We are asking our Pride Partners to stand with us as we move forward with the future in mind. We will all get through this together and we will celebrate our lives and Pride in an awesome day of celebration.
Fresno Rainbow Pride has been working on putting together an amazing 30th anniversary celebration for well over 18 months. All of that work can be put into action at a later date. The pride committee did not pause during the past two months of shelter in place, we continued our behind the scenes work to make Pride happen. Fresno Rainbow Pride held on to the hope that we might be able to gather in a healthy and safe fashion, but the reality became painfully clear that the in-person celebration was not going to be possible. For all of that faith, hope and efforts the committee gave to make this year’s festivities a special occasion, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you.
So now we are gearing up for a virtual PRIDE experience, “PROUD 2 B” to celebrate our community’s culture and achievements. This COVID-19 situation is allowing us to become more creative in ways of connecting, sharing and expressing ourselves, #Changing Queer Culture #Saving Queer Culture. Please stay tuned for future announcements about this year’s unique “PROUD 2 B” virtual Pride Celebration.