Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival celebrates 19 years

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Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018 Stage crowd.
Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018 Stage crowd. Photo by Tomato Pena and Zoltan Suhay

Don’t miss the Jersey City LGBT Festival on August 25

Gayborhood Jersey City hosts the 19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 1–9pm. It will take place on Newark Avenue, in Jersey City’s downtown area, between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue.

Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018.
Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018. Photo by Tomato Pena and Zoltan Suhay.

Over 17,000 attendees from all over Hudson County and the greater NYC metropolitan area showed their pride in 2018. That year it was one of the largest festivals in Northern New Jersey. And Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. and home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the state.

This year the theme is Honoring Our Past… Creating Our Future in recognition of the Stonewall 50 Commemoration and WorldPride 2019. The Pride Festival is an expression of Jersey City’s vow to continue to embody acceptance and the diversity that strengthens its LGBTQ+ community and allies say organizers.

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The Pride March begins at 1pm on Newark Avenue. The march will be led by Gotham Cheer, the all-women Fogo Azul drumline, and Giant Pride Puppets: Celebrating 50 Years of Heroic LGBT Activists. The march will start at Grove Street and Newark Avenue and head up to the main stage at Newark and Jersey Avenue.

Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018.
Jersey City, NJ LGBT Pride 2018. Photo by Tomato Pena and Zoltan Suhay

The Pride Festival will be a showcase of entertainment led by Mistress of Ceremonies, Harmonica Sunbeam. On the main stage expect performances by Season 4: Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant Jiggly Caliente (currently on FX’s hit series Pose). Plus do not miss Mila Jam, The Voice season 15 top 24 contestant. Plus Radha, Ariel Guidry, Billy Winn, Jenevieve X, Joey Suarez, and Music Bear Tony Banks. All day long Jersey City DJs, Skittlez and Mike Cruz, will be keeping your bodies moving and grooving.

In addition to the main stage the festival features a Drag Stage in the alley by Palace Drugs which will be unofficially named Stonewall Alley for the day. Following the Festival the Official Pride After-Party celebration will be held at Six26 from 9pm to 2am with DJs Daniel Scala and Mike Cruz.

There are many pre festival events planned too. The Flag Raising and Award Ceremony will be on Wednesday, August 21 at 4pm. The Mayor’s Office will be raising both the Gay Pride and Trans Pride flags. Businesses on Newark Avenue will be displaying both flags as well. There are over 30 more events scheduled.

The day after the festival will be Spice Sundays Women’s Pride After Party on August 25, 2019. For more information and updates, visit jerseycitypride.com