2016-06-08 / Features

2016 Queens Pride Parade & Festival



Pride Unites Us! was the slogan of the 2016 Queens Pride Parade & Festival held on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights on Sunday, June 5. The Featured Guest on the Queens Pride Stage was top-selling recording artist Crystal Waters (“Gypsy Woman,” “She’s Homeless,” “100% Pure Love”). The Gazette-sponsored parade representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community stepped off at noon, setting out from 89th Street to 75th Street, and the festival was held on 37th Road, between 74th and 77th Streets. Attendees included parade founder Councilman Daniel Dromm, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlaine McCray, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Public Advocate Letitia James, state Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. The parade was emceed by Candy Samples and Marcus Woollen. Other local luminaries included New York City parade staple, Hugo (a.k.a “Señorita Colombia”), The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Gender Equality, Azade Khali, Cheer New York, and Batala NYC, the All Women Afro-Brazilian Drum Corps. 
Photos Walter Karling Pride Unites Us! was the slogan of the 2016 Queens Pride Parade & Festival held on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights on Sunday, June 5. The Featured Guest on the Queens Pride Stage was top-selling recording artist Crystal Waters (“Gypsy Woman,” “She’s Homeless,” “100% Pure Love”). The Gazette-sponsored parade representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community stepped off at noon, setting out from 89th Street to 75th Street, and the festival was held on 37th Road, between 74th and 77th Streets. Attendees included parade founder Councilman Daniel Dromm, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlaine McCray, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Public Advocate Letitia James, state Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. The parade was emceed by Candy Samples and Marcus Woollen. Other local luminaries included New York City parade staple, Hugo (a.k.a “Señorita Colombia”), The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Gender Equality, Azade Khali, Cheer New York, and Batala NYC, the All Women Afro-Brazilian Drum Corps. Photos Walter Karling






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