Gayborhood Jersey City and the Hudson Pride Center, will be co-hosting the 18th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival, held on August 25th 2018 from 1–9pm. Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities and home to the largest LGBT+ community in the state. Over 15,000 attendees from all over Hudson County and the NYC metropolitan area showed their pride last year, making it one of the largest festivals in Northern New Jersey. The Pride Festival is a constant expression of Jersey City’s vow to continue to embody acceptance and the diversity that strengthens its LGBTQ+ community and allies; which is why it will take place on Newark Avenue, in the core of Jersey City’s downtown area, between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue. A testament to the growth of the festival and it’s importance to the community is the outpouring of support from long term sponsors such as CarePoint and RDG Hospitality, and new sponsors such as our Entertainment Sponsor Smirnoff and Lyft who had this to say about their involvement “As a longtime ally for the LGBTQ+ community, we’re thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s Jersey City Pride Festival,” said Ann Ferracane, General Manager for Lyft New Jersey. “Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ identity, visibility and diversity and we are proud to support the New Jersey community as they cheer and stand up for equal rights for everyone.”
This year Jersey City Pride will be celebrated the entire month of August . The Festival month kicked off on Friday August 3 at City Hall with a reception for a month long LGBT+ art exhibit there titled “49 years; Embracing the Past”. Miguel Cardenas, one of the original founders of the Festival who helped curate the show, described it as follows “The exhibit acknowledges those people and LGBTQ movements that have come before this new generation and fought the good fight that has gotten us to where we are today. A tribute to the Stonewall veterans and other activists from then to now- both on a global level as well as local level. Those early activists who fought for LGBTQ visibility and acceptance in the arts, government, education, sports/ entertainment. Those who fought (or people we lost) during the AIDS epidemic, those who fought for Marriage Equality, for Gays in the Military, etc. People like-Harvey Milk, Audrey Lorde, Larry Kramer /ACT UP, Sylvia Rivera, Virginia Woolf, The Matachine Project, etc.” The City art show coincides with a month-long LGBT+ youth exhibit at the County Courthouse titled “49 years; Focusing on the Future”.
The Jersey City Flag Raising and Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 22 at 3:30pm. In a strong show of support, the Mayor’s Office will be raising both the Gay Pride and Trans Pride flags, and the lamp posts in City Hall Plaza are lit in the Pride Flag colors. Businesses on Newark Avenue will be displaying both flags as well, and the Liberty Science Center will once again display the pride flag on the out side of the planetarium for all to see as they enter Jersey City. Keep an eye out for our PATH ad running on 140 cars starting this week. There are over 30 events scheduled including: a Divas Pride Salsa Brunch, Pride With Your Pup, Fringe Fest Equality Rocks Music Spectacular featuring the Pinc Louds, Lez Fest Dance Party, and a Rainbow Pride Burlesque show to name a few.
On August 25 the Pride Festival will showcase an amazing line-up of entertainment led by our Mistress of Ceremonies, Harmonica Sunbeam aka the Queen of Comedy. The Festival will kick off at 1PM with a Pride march on Newark Avenue. The march will be led by Gotham Cheer and the all-women Fogo Azul drumline and will start at Grove Street and head up to our main stage on Jersey Avenue. New to the Festival this year will be the addition of a Drag Stage in the lot by Palace Drugs which will be unofficially named Drag Alley for the day. Expect to be swept off your feet with amazing performances by headliner Inaya Day, Jason Walker, Alus, Glo 96, Chix Appeal, Jack Tracey, Gonna Be All Stars featuring: Catacombs, Droze, Keisha Martin and Michael M., and Anais Diva Smith aka IceTheVibe; while Jersey City DJs, Skittlez and Mike Cruz, will be keeping your bodies moving and grooving at the Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival. After which, the Official Pride After-Party celebration will be held at Talde/Miss Wong’s from 9pm to 3am with DJs Nesto and Mike Cruz spinning upstairs and DJ Lorant Duzgan downstairs in Miss Wong’s. Be prepared for an amazing night with MC Anthony Lamont in Talde and a special performance in Miss Wong’s by Will Sheriden.
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Song Credit: DROZE – Tell Me, Gonna Be Music