2017-06-07 / Features

The 25th Annual Queens Pride Parade

At the head of the parade: the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee, including NYC Councilman Danny Dromm and Council Woman Grace Meng. PHOTOS BY WALTER KARLINGAt the head of the parade: the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee, including NYC Councilman Danny Dromm and Council Woman Grace Meng. PHOTOS BY WALTER KARLINGThis year marked the 25th Anniversary of Pride in Jackson Heights. This year’s parade was led by Grand Marshals Bianey Garcia of Make the Road; Sheltering Arms; and New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, on Sunday, June 4, along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Inc., is a nonprofit volunteer organization that produces the annual Queens Pride events the first weekend of every June in Jackson Heights, enjoyed by all. Their Winter Pride Annual Dinner fundraiser and awards gala, held on the last weekend of January in Astoria, brings together friends and supporters from Queens, all of New York City and beyond. Queens Pride is a member organization of InterPride, Inc., the international association of LGBT Pride organizers.


A group photo of the original Queens Pride board members, including NYC Councilman Danny Dromm. A group photo of the original Queens Pride board members, including NYC Councilman Danny Dromm. A moment of silence was held at the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office, the parade reviewing stand, for the murdered (1990) gay citizen, Julio Rivera. It was a case which galvanized the city’s LGBTQA community into political action. The Jackson Heights post office was recently renamed in honor of LGBTQA activists who founded PFLAG.



(L. to r.); Grand Marshals New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Bianey Garcia of Make the Road. (L. to r.); Grand Marshals New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Bianey Garcia of Make the Road.

(L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Dan Hendrick. (L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Dan Hendrick.

(L. to r.); Pride Parade co-founders Maritza Martinez and NYC Councilman Danny Dromm. (L. to r.); Pride Parade co-founders Maritza Martinez and NYC Councilman Danny Dromm.

Costumed marchers and parade performers. Costumed marchers and parade performers.



Seen here: (L. to r.); NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and members of Julio Rivera’s family: brother-in-law Will Velez, sister Jennifer Rivera-Velez, brother Ted Rivera, and sister Rita Rivera. Seen here: (L. to r.); NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and members of Julio Rivera’s family: brother-in-law Will Velez, sister Jennifer Rivera-Velez, brother Ted Rivera, and sister Rita Rivera.

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