PrideFest to be held later this year instead of June, event organizers say


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island PrideFest won’t be held in June this year as the R.I. Pride organization seeks to reform its board.

The annual festival and parade that are typically held on the third Saturday in June — Pride month — are being postponed until later this year, Rodney Davis said in a news release.

“This will allow us the time to adequately organize and celebrate 20 years of New England’s only Illuminated Night Parade,” Davis said. “We encourage members of the community to celebrate Pride through other events organized around the state.”

Davis said Rhode Island Pride is currently in the process of reorganizing and forming a new board. PrideFest was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but typically features an “illuminated night parade” through downtown Providence.

“Rhode Island Pride is thankful to our community for catalyzing a period of reflection and growth for the organization, renewing our passion to fight for equality,” Davis said. “Coming out of a pandemic requires that we reconnect with our community.”

This year is the 45th anniversary of the first Pride march, according to the organizer.

On Tuesday, Gov. Dan McKee announced he had signed a proclamation recognizing June as Pride month in Rhode Island.

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