Sunday, June 2nd saw another annual LGBTQ Pride Parade in Jackson Heights Queens. This event was founded by Council-member Daniel Dromm in 1993 to bring awareness and promote LGBTQ causes. The death of 29 year-old Julio Rivera in 1990 in Jackson Heights which was considered a hate crime helped galvanize the gay community to rally around for their self-preservation more or less.

This annual pride parade usually kicks off with an 11am breakfast at The Jewish Center of Jackson Heights located at 37-06 77th Street, Jackson Height. Thousands line up on both sides of the parade route stretching along 37th avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street soaking up the pomp and pageantry of this very colorful gay and lesbian event. This year Queens Library and the JFK Democratic Club participated as well as many other organizations.

This parade attracts many elected officials community leaders and over a 1000 spectators and many vendors. Some elected officials who marched in this year’s pride parade include U.S senator Chuck Schumer D-NY, Congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez D-Bronx and Queens, New York City Public Advocate Hon. Jumaane Williams, Queens BP Melinda Katz and Tiffany Caban, both women are contenders for the Queens District Attorney position now vacant following the death of Richard Brown last month.

The grand marshals for this year parade are two advocates in the LGBTQ community, HIV Advocate Candy Samples and Jess Pasackov part of Queens Pride Lions Club providing community in the Borough of Queens.

For more information about Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade contact Council-member Daniel Dromm at [email protected].

Our World Media Magazine contributor