As some of you are already aware, a National March on Washington for LGBTQ rights is currently planned for Sunday, June 11, the same date as the scheduled North Jersey Pride Festival.
After much consideration, reviewing options and getting feedback from community members, we have decided not to hold our festival as previously scheduled. We do not want our attendees to have to make a choice between these two events, and moreover, where in years past, we have celebrated our past accomplishments, this year we feel that what our community needs most is to join hundreds of thousands of supporters on the streets of the nation’s capitol to stand together and march for equality. The rights of LGBTQ citizens are again under attack and it is critical that we show unity and solidarity.
To that end, we are taking this year’s Pride on the road. NJP will be organizing busing down to D.C. as well as a group rate at a local hotel for those who want to stay over Saturday night. We will march as a group with our own banner on June 11th in D.C., and all individuals and families will be invited to join us for a fun sign-making event prior to the march. If you would like to join us, please send email to events(at)northjerseypride.org and indicate whether you would be interested in busing, hotel or both. Sign up to receive NJP email so you’ll get the latest news about Pride. (We don’t share email addresses and rarely contact our list members.)
The North Jersey Pride Run 5K and brunch at Above Restaurant will continue as scheduled on Sunday, June 4th. Registration is open; please sign up early to guarantee a race T-shirt!
Sponsors, there are still many opportunities to support and have your support be seen. Among them:
• Sponsor Pride Week and have your logo seen by tens of thousands on the back of our 2017 T-shirt.
• Sponsor the sign-making party
• Sponsor a bus, with or without a logo bus wrap
• Sponsor the North Jersey Pride Run
• Sponsor the Saturday night gathering in D.C.
Please email cjprince(at)northjerseypride.org to find out more about Sponsorship.
We plan to resume our North Jersey Pride Festival next year on Sunday, June 10, 2018, and we hope you will join us this year on what promises to be an inspiring adventure.