The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the 2018 Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park in Rahway. Admission is free to this inclusive celebration of family, equality, diversity and community.
“Standing firmly in support of equality, inclusion and unity, the Freeholder Board is proud to offer LGBTQ and ally parents, teens, children and advocacy groups a place to connect, support and celebrate together,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Pride events matter – in addition to celebrating who you are, Pride events raise awareness of inequalities and provide a platform for support and acceptance of all people. The Freeholder Board is proud to bring together our diverse community and public figures with shared values of justice and equality to use our voice to celebrate unity and promote equality.”
A celebration of all families, Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will feature music, a variety of arts and crafts (featuring the “LOVE Makes a Family” poster making), family lawn games (think giant jenga-style stacking blocks), inflatable bounce houses for all ages, playground fun, and many other family activities. Families are invited to pack a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs and head out to the park for an afternoon of fun! Food trucks will also be on site for those who wish to purchase lunch.
Esteemed children’s music band, The Fuzzy Lemons will join in the day’s celebration with a live family concert starting at 1:00 P.M.
The Equality Rally will kick off at 2:00 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances. Bring a hand-held signs that celebrates the strength of our diversity.
At 3:00 P.M. Drag Queen, Harmonic Sunbeam will emcee the Trash to Fashion Show hosted by the Elizabeth Public Library. Stop by the trash tent to create a wearable items out of recycled materials, and sign-up to walk the runway.
“As a Freeholder representing the interests of all Union County residents, I believe it is extremely important to lead our communities toward acceptance of all people and advocate for full equality,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic provides an opportunity for our community to stand in unity to celebrate our diversity and support each other.”
New Jersey LGBTQ advocacy and ally organizations will be set up on site all day with general information, as well as support and networking resources.
Organized by the Office of LGBTQ Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation, with additional support from WellCare Health Plans, the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic is an inclusive community event for LGBTQ families, allies and advocacy groups.