The fifth annual Warwick OCNY Pride event, celebrating the local LGBTQ community, will begin with a weekend of events, sponsored by the Warwick Valley Community Center (WVCC) and the Orange County Youth Bureau, who are partnering with the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial Committee.
The festivities will begin on Fri., Jun. 9 with a three-band lineup at the Doc Fry Community Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m., and a dance party will follow the show at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. Audience members can make posters and T-shirts to be worn in the parade Sunday. Proceeds will go to Safe Space America.
On Sat., Jun. 10, the Community Center will present a special screening of the film “Boys Don’t Cry” on a 19- foot screen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 7 p.m. Following the movie there will be a discussion. There is a $5 required donation, and the movie is rated R.
The parade day festivities will start at 12 noon on Sun., Jun. 11 at the Warwick Valley Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick. Rainbow bagels and coffee will be served while participants screen print a parade T-shirt. In addition to the colorful shirts, everyone will be invited to paint their faces, make some art and music, and help decorate the Pride Mobile. Representatives from LGBTQ advocacy groups will also be on-hand to chat.
The parade will kick off from the Community Center at 1:45 p.m. and proceed to Orchard St., Railroad Green, South St., Main St., and then return to the Community Center at 2:30 p.m. for pink lemonade, a chance to decorate cupcakes, listen to guest speakers, and be judged in a style contest. There will be group and individual prizes for the most stylish and inventive outfits.
The theme this year is family. The Grand Marshal will be Danielle Barbour and her family. She was the organizer of the very first OCNY Pride parade event and is the founder and director of Safe Space America, an organization that identifies spaces and business that take a stand against discrimination, bullying, and violence of any community member. This initiative was so successful in the Town of Warwick that she has launched it nationally.
Participants can march under their organization’s banner to show support for the local LGBTQ community. For more information call Karen Thomas at WVCC at 986-6422, ext. 4, visit the OCNY Pride event Facebook page, or send an email to email@example.com.