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Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2020

Union County Hosts 4th Annual PRIDE in the Park Inclusive Community Festival

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the fourth annual PRIDE in the Park festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020 starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending with a family-friendly movie at dusk. The free community event will be held at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

“Union County’s fun-filled PRIDE in the Park festival brings together all families — whether you’re a single adult, a couple, a family, a teen, child, gay, straight, bi, trans or supportive ally –to a build community of acceptance and respect,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to host an event that celebrates all identities in one of the most diverse counties in New Jersey,” Mirabella added. “Especially at a time when states across the country are legalizing discrimination through legislation, here in Union County we stand firm in our resolve to support the LGBTQ community through advocacy, awareness and action.”

PRIDE in the Park is an inclusive community celebration of equality, diversity and acceptance with a full schedule of live entertainment and family activities including PRIDE-themed art for teens and crafts for kids all ages, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and much more.

“Pride events make a difference,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The Freeholder Board is proud to provide a safe and inclusive space for the LGBTQ community and our allies to celebrate the vast and varied experiences of our diverse community.”

LGBTQ advocacy organizations and community groups will be on site throughout the event with information and educational materials, as well as support and networking resources.

New to this year’s event will be a Pride Marketplace of art and social justice-focused merchandise, featuring the work of local artists and activists.

Organized by Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Union County PRIDE in the Park is a Clean Communities event. Attendees are encouraged to carry in/carry out non-recyclable items and use the recycling containers on site to help Union County litter free.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey. It offers a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org or visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.

 

For more information about Union County PRIDE 2020 visit ucnj.org/Pride, or find the Union County PRIDE in the Park event page at Facebook.com/CountyOfUnion, or call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900.

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