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Free Family Concert at Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce children’s music band Michael & The Rockness Monsters will perform at the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Rahway River Park, in Rahway.

“Celebrating the strength of our diversity, the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic offers LGBTQ allies, parents and children a space to connect, support and celebrate together,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is proud to feature children’s funk inspired rock band Michael & The Rockness Monsters with their playful and honest music the entire family will enjoy.”

Head out to the park for a full day of free family fun celebrating LGBTQ family Pride starting at 12:00 Noon, and stay for the children’s music concert featuring Michael & The Rockness Monsters, an interactive, super galactic – funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families at 2:30 p.m.

“As a band our goal is to spread love and write music that celebrates diversity and equality,” said Michael Napolitano of Michael & the Rockness Monsters. “We support one reoccurring message: Be yourself, be good to others and most of all, have fun!  We cannot wait to rock at the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic!!”

A celebration of all families, the free Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will include arts and crafts (featuring a “LOVE Makes a Family” poster making station), inflatable bounce houses for all ages, face painting, music, family-friendly field day games (register online to be on a team) 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 encouraged to show family Pride with a sign or banner.

More than a dozen LGBTQ family and marriage equality advocacy and ally organizations will be on site all day with general information, as well as support and networking resources.

In the event of inclement weather the Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will be held at the Warinanco Sports Center, Warinanco Park in Elizabeth/Roselle.

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