NJ: June Kicks Off Gay Pride Month in Asbury Park

Published Date Author: , May 18th, 2011

Jersey Pride’s 20th Annual LGBTI Pride Celebration will be held the first weekend in June in Asbury Park. The parade, rally and festival is on Sunday, but be sure to mark the entire weekend on your calendar – you won’t want to miss it. This year there are more than a half-dozen events being held on Friday and Saturday to fill your entire weekend with plenty of Gay Pride. Check the Out In Jersey events page for June for a detailed updated list daily as plans are finalized by each organization.

Can you believe Jersey Pride’s first celebration was held 20 years ago? What started out as a relatively modest event, has grown by leaps and bounds, and now draws tens of thousands to Asbury Park for this annual gay pride tradition.

The parade, rally, and festival take place from noon to 7 PM, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 5th. The parade begins at City Hall, goes up Cookman Avenue (past many of the gay-owned establishments in town), turns onto Grand Avenue and then Sunset Avenue and finishes at the festival grounds in Bradley and Atlantic Parks. The parade boasts rainbow balloons, motorcycles, colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, walkers, rollers, strollers, and plenty more. The parade will enter the festival grounds approximately 12:45 p.m. with a flurry of sights and sounds.

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