LI Pride Festival at Eisenhower Park back on as COVID-19 restrictions ease
This year's Long Island Pride Festival at Eisenhower Park is back on after getting sidelined in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The festival will be held June 13 with tribute band Almost Queen headlining the event.
"We are excited to be back together again," says David Kilmnick, of the Long Island LGBT Network.
Kilmnick, the event's organizer, says tickets will be required for everyone in attendance. Right now, capacity is limited to 1,200 people and everyone must either be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test.
Tawni Engel, with the group Pride for Youth, says the organization's events are still being held virtually this year. The group held a fundraiser Tuesday and collected around $30,000 to help members of their community especially those impacted by the pandemic.
"We heard time and time again stories from our clients being kicked out of their homes, finding themselves in situations where they were housing insecure, food insecure," says Engel.
Kilmnick says getting to come back together as a community is probably going to feel as special as it did 30 years ago when Long Island Pride started.
Tickets for the Long Island Pride event are still available but selling quickly.