Saturday, April 1, 2023

Hampton Roads Pride And Other Pride Celebrations Readjust To Pandemic Realties

The Hampton Roads Pride Board of Directors announced that Pridefest 2020 will not be rescheduled and will look ahead to 2021.

“We worked diligently with our partners to find alternate dates to hold our annual PrideFest and Pride Block Party events, they said in a prepared statement. “Together we have decided it is in the best interest of all to postpone both events until 2021 and it was not for lack of effort or desire on anyone’s part.”

instead, the organization is planning a video series #PrideMatters set to debut on social media on June 18. As of this writing, they are also planning to move ahead with their 2nd Annual Pride Night at Harbor Park on August 26 and the 3rd Annual Run the Rainbow 5K + 2nd Annual Pride at the Beach on October 3.

Meanwhile, Pride festivals normally scheduled for autumn 2020 throughout the region in the region are beginning to announce their plans.

Cville (Charlottesville) Pride announced yesterday that they have cancelled their September 12 Pride celebration.

“We’re very disappointed, of course,” says Lisa Green, Pride Festival Director. “This would have been our 9th Pride Festival. It’s the one time of year we can all come together as a community to be completely ourselves.”

In lieu of in-person gatherings, Cville Pride has planned alternative ways for the community to celebrate Pride Month including a photography-based Pride is Everywhere Project, a Pop Up Pride event designed to support affirmative local businesses, and more.

NENC Pridefest in Elizabeth City has also cancelled the June celebration with the caveat to “stay tuned in for the possibility of fall/winter pride events as restrictions are lifted in North Carolina.”

Virginia Pride in Richmond has not made any definitive announcements regarding their event in September. Meanwhile,  Outer Banks Pridefest in Nags Head recently announced the cancellation of their September event.

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