Dutchess Pride Center Hosts Pride Activities

DUTCHESS COUNTY – Dutchess County Pride Center will host LGBTQ+ Pride activities all throughout the month of June 2023.

The celebrations started with a Pride Kick Off Dance Party and Drag Show on June 3rd at Reason & Ruckus in Poughkeepsie. Performances by Lola DeVille, Janine Extreme, Swisha Sweets and Tabitha Phoenix, and music by DJ Fowl Play.

The biggest Pride month event is the Poughkeepsie Pride Parade and Festival on June 10. The parade begins on Market Street in Poughkeepsie at 12 p.m. and will continue down Main Street to Waryas Park where a family-friendly festival will be held until 5 p.m. featuring food vendors, a bouncy house and information from community organizations.

The theme this year is Growing Our Future Together. Individuals who want to march or volunteer, or companies/organizations interested in a table or booth at the festival, should visit www.dutchesspridecenter.org/poughkeepsie-pride-2023.html or send an email to pkpridefest@gmail.com.

On June 11, there will be a Rainbow Run at 9am, co-hosted by Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie and a Youth Pride painting class at 1pm.

June 14 is an online author chat with Rae McDaniel, author of Gender Magic. This will is being co-hosted by Oblong Books.

June 29 is the Pride Game at the Renegades with Dutchess County Pride Center as their community partner for the game. Tickets are available at www.gadesgroups.com with password pride All month long, there is a virtual walk-a-thon, with your dog! Paws4pride.org for more information.

Dutchess County Pride Center aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth in Dutchess County by offering them a safe space to meet and socialize with each other, their families and allies. For more information, visit www.dutchesspridecenter.org.

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