The 2012 Long Island Pride Parade and Festival looks to be one of the best ever, with a great lineup of entertainment and a brand new event. The day of year’s celebration has been changed from the usual Sunday to a Saturday, which should give more people cause to come out and celebrate. The event occurs on Saturday, June 9th, with the brand new “High Heel Race” and one of the most star-studded entertainment lineups ever. This one is going to be good!
Kicking off the festivities this year will be the all-new “High Heel Race” beginning at 12:30 p.m. No preregistration is required for this sure to be highly entertaining event. Participants are invited to bring their own pair of pumps, at least 2.5” high, or try one of theirs on for size. The winner gets a special prize and the honor of being the winner of this first of a kind event.
Once the big race is over, the parade procession begins around 1 p.m. The main event commences at Clinton Street and winds its way down Main Street in Huntington Village towards the finish at Sabbath Day Path, leading into Heckscher Park for the big festival. The Pride Festival in the park is a great way to finish off the day, spending an afternoon basking in the spirit and vitality of the day, with all sorts of activities, food and drink, vendors and entertainment.
This year’s crop of entertainers promises to be one of the best ever, with the captivating, exhilarating, and always entertaining former American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis headlining. Joining Frenchie on the stage at Pride Fest will be the uber-talented rock and roll duo Never the Bride, energetic 90’s dance group La Bouche, freestyle diva Reina, Latin dance recording star Veronica, and the “self-proclaimed Bad Boy of Dance”, Lucas Prata. Hosting the show will be none other than the electric and uniquely talented Sir Honey Davenport, whose unclassifiable style is sure to wow everybody in attendance.
The Long Island Pride Parade and Festival is one of the most well-attended such celebrations outside of New York City, attracting approximately 5,000 spectators. So come out early for a great view of the parade and to revel in the festivities. For directions and more information, check out the LI Pride Committee’s website below.
Come on down and show your pride!
Long Island Pride Parade