The 20th Annual Queens Pride Parade & Festival will be held on Sunday, in Jackson Heights. The parade, which celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, begins on 85th Street and 37th Avenue and ends at 75th Street at the multicultural festival.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on 37th Road between 73rd and 77th streets. Performers will entertain parade-goers on the 75th Street stage from 2 to 6 p.m. with drag performer Appolonia Cruz as mistress of ceremonies.
The parade began as a response to the anti-gay murder of Julio Rivera in 1990.Rivera’s family and members of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors will be the grand marshals.
“You honor his memory in a most meaningful way,” Rita Barakos, Julio Rivera’s stepsister, said.
The Queens Pride Committee partnered with William Cullen Bryant High School of Astoria and the Renaissance Charter School of Jackson Heights to prepare for the parade. The students met with the cast of “Wicked” last Sunday. The cast will ride on a parade float on June 3, which was decorated by the students.
For more information call Queens Pride at (718) 429-5309.