Celebrate all afternoon with LGBTQ community members, allies, supporters, family and friends numbering in the thousands! The LGBTQ Pride Festival features live music, great food, exciting vendors, activities for teens, kids and families, and much more. Register to vend or table at the festival.
Check back with us, as we’ll be updating this page with more details about upcoming 2014 Pride Week and Pride Festival events.
The first Pride March in the mid-Hudson Valley was inspired by the historic February 2004 same-sex weddings in New Paltz, NY. What was then called New Paltz Pride drew 1,000 people from the Hudson Valley region. Recognizing the need for a permanent home for the Hudson Valley’s burgeoning LGBTQ community, core organizers became the founders of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.
Today’s Hudson Valley Pride March and Festival is a cornerstone of a thriving Center’s annual events, and brings LGBTQ community and its allies together in celebration by reaching out to members, supporters and friends in the Hudson Valley and far beyond. Over 2500 people attend the festivities, held on the first Sunday in June each year.
The March, Festival and a “Party-After-Pride” mark the culmination of a Pride Week of exciting events linked by the year’s Pride theme. In 2012, our theme was “Dignity for All” – a reference to New York’s new Dignity For All Students Act, a measure intended to address bullying in schools and the first fully LGBTQ-inclusive law in the state. In 2013, honoring the beginning of our community center in the first Pride March, and recognizing the full circle of marriage equality in New York from the now-famous New Paltz marriages of 2004 to the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, the theme was “Celebrating Where It All Began”.
The theme of the 2014 Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March and Festival is “A Decade of Change”, which recognizes the 10th anniversary of the now-famous “New Paltz Weddings“, and reflects the landmark legislative and cultural changes in the ten years since those historic same-sex weddings.
Is your business or organization interested in becoming a Pride sponsor? Our sponsors receive visibility at the event, proud recognition on our website, listing in our Business Directory and much more. Visit our sponsorship page to find out how to get involved, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteer for Pride
Want to be part of it all? Our volunteers provide incredible support, enabling us to pull off an amazing Pride celebration each year!
Find out how you can volunteer for Pride and other special events by contacting us at email@example.com.