You can still show your pride this year, Austin, but the parade is on hold until next year.
Austin Pride announced this week that this year’s event has been canceled, citing safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, with plans for return in August 2021. This year marks the 30th anniversary of official Austin Pride celebrations. In 1990, Austin held its first Gay and Lesbian Pride Fiesta at Fiesta Gardens, which attracted about 1,500 people.
Even though Pride Month is celebrated across the U.S. in June every year to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York City, Austin’s annual celebration and parade happens in August.View this post on Instagram
Important Announcement. This news comes with a heavy heart, but a hopeful spirit. As a board we feel the health and safety of everyone comes first and foremost and the most responsible decision for us and for our community, is to postpone until August 2021. Please read our full statement by clicking the link in our profile.
Organizers posted a statement about the 2020 event cancellation on austinpride.org:
“When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Austin in March, it brought with it unprecedented uncertainty not only for our city, but also for our community,” the statement reads. “There has been much loss. Lost jobs, lost economic opportunities, lost connections and tragically the loss of lives. In March, when the City of Austin cancelled large gatherings and issued stay at home orders, we were hopeful that our event was far enough away, in August, that the Festival and Parade would go on as it has for the last 30 years.
“The Austin Pride board has wanted nothing more than to be able to provide a safe event space for the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate who we are in August. Sadly, this year we will not be able to do that. As a board we feel the health and safety of everyone comes first and foremost and the most responsible decision for us and for our community, is to postpone until August 2021.
“This is not the news we’d hoped to bring you. While we are saddened that August will look different for us this year, and while we mourn that we will not be able to come together, we are reminded that Austin Pride began 30 years ago in another pandemic, one that has disproportionately affected the LGBTQIA+ community, especially amongst people of color.
“We will continue to show resilience in the face of adversity, solidarity through love and celebrate the spirit of pride.”
A date for the 2021 Austin Pride event has not yet been announced.
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