Thursday, May 30, 2024

Pride Festivals slated for Glens Falls & Old Forge

Pride cake

In recognition of Pride month (June), Pride Festivals are slated to occur in Glens Falls and Old Forge over the next two weekends. The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and CVB, in partnership with Lower Adirondack Pride, have announced the 2nd annual Glens Falls Pride Festival will take place this weekend, beginning Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2. The Old Forge Library also recently announced that the 2nd annual local Community Pride Celebration is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 7. Please see below for details about these events.

Glens Falls, NY – The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and CVB, in partnership with Lower Adirondack Pride, is excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Second Annual Glens Falls Pride Festival. The ribbon-cutting will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at noon in Glens Falls City Park, Downtown Glens Falls.

Lower Adirondack Pride will host the second annual Glens Falls Pride Festival in Downtown Glens Falls from Friday, May 31, 2024, through Sunday, June 2, 2024. The weekend will kick off with a Gayla on Friday night, featuring a formal 3-course dinner and a drag show at The Queensbury Hotel. Saturday will bring a Family Movie Night in Glens Falls City Park. Sunday will culminate in a grand festival in Glens Falls City Park, featuring a drag show, 50 vendors, a pride parade through Downtown Glens Falls, and much more.

“We’re so excited for the return of the Glens Falls Pride Festival,” stated Cam Cardinale, President of Lower Adirondack Pride. “Throughout the past year, our organization, composed entirely of a volunteer Board of Directors, has been working tirelessly on this event. We have so much to celebrate – please join us!”

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Pride Festival Event Schedule:
Friday, May 31, 2024: Gayla | The Queensbury Hotel | 6 p.m.
The First Annual Gayla will take place at The Queensbury Hotel. This exciting evening will feature a 3-course dinner, a Drag Show, and a night of fun. Glens Falls Hospital will be presented with the First Annual Lower Adirondack Pride Community Champion Award.

Saturday, June 1, 2024: Movie Night | Glens Falls City Park | 8 p.m.
Join the screening of “Strange World,” Disney’s first movie with an openly gay main character. The evening will take place in Glens Falls City Park. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Sunday, June 2, 2024: Pride Festival | Glens Falls City Park | 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The highly-anticipated Festival will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Glens Falls City Park. The event will feature a pride parade through Downtown Glens Falls, a drag show, over fifty vendors, family activities, and a day of fun.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
As part of the opening ceremonies for the Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2024, the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB and Lower Adirondack Pride will host a ribbon-cutting at 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls City Park.

Itinerary:
● 12:00 p.m.: Ribbon Cutting | Opening Ceremonies
● 12:30 p.m.: Pride Parade
● 2:00 p.m.: Drag Show
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature remarks from:
● Cam Cardinale, President of Lower Adirondack Pride
● Gina Mintzer, Executive Director of Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce
● Nancy Turner, Warren County Supervisor
● Bill Collins, Mayor of the City of Glens Falls
● Dr. Kris Duffy, President of SUNY Adirondack
● Paul Scimeca, President and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital
● Jennifer Wright, Physician Assistant, Gender Affirming Care Provider at Hudson Headwaters
Health Network
● Nicole Margiasso, Director of Organizing at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
● Wendy Waldron, Owner and Certified EOS Implementer® at EOS Worldwide
● Kim Atkins, Executive Director of Alliance for Positive Health

The Old Forge Library’s 2023 Community Pride Celebration. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

Old Forge, NY – All are invited to the Old Forge Library on Friday, June 7 starting at 5 p.m. for the second local Community Pride Celebration. The festive and family-friendly party is one of many being held across the country during June to celebrate Pride Month. Many organizations use the month to raise awareness about the current state of LGBTQIA human rights and to work to protect and advocate for those rights.
A fun picnic and  party, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The festivities kick off with live music by Gwen & Jim Tracy to be followed by special guest DJ Jerry Dee and his Deeplex mobile sound system. Dancing is predicted to break out and the library will supply craft materials for party-goers to make and decorate hats, shirts, and word-bead bracelets.
Fifteen vendors and local regional agencies have already signed up to have tables and booths, including Mohawk Valley Health System, Fidelis, Herkimer County Office for the Aging, Catholic Charities, and local crafters and artisans will be onsite selling their wares. The Library’s Neighbors at Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church will be there to hand out hugs, high fives, and elbow bumps.
The celebration is free, open to all, and will be held outside on the library lawn. The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties generously supported the 2023 celebration, and the feedback that generated demonstrated the need for a dedicated effort to present more local opportunities to celebrate Pride.
Old Forge Library director, Linda Weal said, “Our community has always welcomed a variety of visitors from around the world, and is famous for hospitality. It’s exciting to be hosting this party here and to once again demonstrate what a welcoming community looks like…and to dance.”
Photo at top: Pride cake. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

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6 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    So when do we get to have the straight, hetrosexual, white pride day/week?

  2. Ed says:

    I see very little to be proud of at gay pride festivals and parades and I am gay.

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