Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2017

Freeholders Welcome over a Dozen LGBTQ Advocacy and Ally Organizations to Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to welcome over a dozen LGBTQ advocacy and ally organizations to the first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, celebrating marriage equality in New Jersey. The event is this Saturday, June 17 at Rahway River Park in Rahway from Noon until 4:00 p.m.

“All families are invited to join LGBTQ family equality advocates and allies from all over the Garden State in the park on Saturday 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.

LGBTQ family and marriage equality advocacy and ally organizations will set up tables, alongside the Freeholder Board information van, with general information and resource material. Some of the advocacy and ally organizations registered for the event include: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Social Justice Matters, Inc., New Jersey State Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar-22 North Plainfield, Union County College’s Gay Straight Alliance, and Human Rights Campaign of New Jersey, among others.

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.

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 visit ucnj.org/Pride, or 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.

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