Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2017

Team Up for Field Day Activities at Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic

Union County proudly invites families to lace up your sneakers for field day events at the County’s first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, celebrating marriage equality in the State of New Jersey, on Saturday, June 17 at Rahway River Park in Rahway from Noon until 4:00 p.m. with the family-friendly field day competition starting at 2:00 p.m.

“All families are invited to join LGBTQ family equality advocates and allies from throughout the state to come out to the park and celebrate family and marriage equality,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is proud to include activities for family members of all ages to join in the day of fun and celebration.”

During Union County’s first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, right in the middle of all the music, arts and crafts, bounce house fun and bubble fun, field day favorites will be taking over the outfield at Rahway River Park by red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple family teams.

A great way to make new friends and share a ton of laughs with family, registration for the family-friendly field day competition is open now through Monday, June 5th. Register today at ucnj.org/pride.

Teams will be announced on the day of the event. Participating families will be grouped by color (red team, orange team, yellow team, green team, blue team, purple team) – teams will be made up of several families. Each team will participate in each activity, such as the three-legged race and the egg relay. Ranked first through sixth, the team with the lowest score at the end of the day will bring home the rainbow. 

Please note that registration is not required to attend the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic and participate in the day’s activities – registration is only requested to participate in the field day family-friendly competition so that teams may be formed.

This free family-friendly event invites LGBTQ family equality advocates and allies from all over the Garden State to come out to the park and celebrate the strength of our diversity, and to honor the great strides we’ve made in the movement for equality.

In 2013, New Jersey became the 16th state with marriage equality, granting same-sex couples the security of marriage in New Jersey. Since the federal marriage equality ruling in 2015, thousands of same-sex couples have married state-wide and across state lines. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 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 family and marriage equality.

A celebration of all families, Union County’s first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will feature music, arts and crafts, family field day team games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun, and many other family activities. A family equality rally will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances. Esteemed children’s music band, Michael and the Rockness Monsters will close out the day’s celebration with a live family concert in the park. So pack a picnic and head out to the park!

Families are invited to visit the vendor and resource tables for giveaways and information. Equality and family advocacy organizations will also set up tables alongside the Freeholder Board Information van with general information, and support and networking resources.

For more information visit ucnj.org/Pride, or find the UC Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic event page at Facebook.com/CountyOfUnion, or call the Union County Office of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900.

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