The Union County Community Pride Event scheduled for Saturday, June 17th is canceled due to inclement weather.
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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support Pride month with Union County’s first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, celebrating marriage equality in the State of New Jersey, on Saturday, June 17 from 12 Noon until 4:00 P.M. at Rahway River Park in Rahway.
“This inclusive family event is an opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to celebrate the strength of our diversity, and to honor the great strides we’ve made in the movement for equality,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Throughout the month of June, cities nation-wide host Pride celebrations. The Freeholder Board is proud to offer LGBTQ and ally parents and children a space to connect, support and celebrate together.”
Since the Federal marriage equality ruling in 2015, thousands of same-sex couples have married state-wide. The free Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic event aims to reach beyond the Union County borders and invites all families across the state to join us to celebrate Pride.
A celebration of all families, the free Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will include music, arts and crafts (featuring a “LOVE Makes a Family” poster making station), inflatable bounce houses for all ages, face painting, music, and much more.
A Family Equality Rally will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances. Parents and children are invited to bring hand-held signs that celebrate their family (sticks and poles are not permitted). Bring a Rally sign or join us at the Rally Poster Making Station between noon and 1:00 p.m. to create one.
Family field day team games will kick off at 2:00 p.m. Families and individuals of all ages (adults, teens, and children are all welcome) interested in participating in the field day competition should register online at ucnj.org/Pride so that teams can be formed.
Esteemed children’s music band, Michael and the Rockness Monsters will close out the day’s celebration with a live family concert starting at 2:30 p.m.
Families are invited to pack a bag lunch and head out to the park with blankets and lawn chairs for an afternoon of fun. Food trucks will also be on site for those who wish to purchase lunch.
LGBTQ family and marriage equality advocacy and ally organizations will also set up tables, alongside the Freeholder Board information van, with general information and resource material.
In 2013, New Jersey became the 16th state with marriage equality, granting same-sex couples the security of marriage in New Jersey. In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. While same-sex couple have been creating and supporting families for decades in the state of New Jersey, it was with this landmark ruling that the profound union of marriage was granted to all Americans to uphold.
In the event of inclement weather the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will be held inside the Rahway Recreation Center, located at 275 East Milton Ave, Rahway. Special thanks to the City of Rahway for providing the rain location.
For more information find the Union County Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic event page at Facebook.com/CountyOfUnion, or call the Union County Office of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900.