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2021 PRIDE UPDATE!
 

We FINALLY have some news we can confirm and has been approved.

Fresno Rainbow Pride has been patiently waiting to be given the go ahead to put on the annual Pride Parade and Festival. The COVID 19 pandemic of 2020 put a halt to all large in person events last year and while we have been hopeful to organize the Pride Parade and Festival the first Saturday of June 2021, it is now apparent that this type of celebration will not be feasible this year.

Fresno Rainbow Pride has been making plans for a variety reopening scenarios all depending on the course of the pandemic. Plans A-Z, A being our large scale celebration with a parade and a big party festival. Z being not being able to do anything at all.

While we cannot put on the Parade and Festival this year we have put into place several virtual and socially distance and safe in person events. Here is a rundown of what we will be putting together for our community.
 

DRAG DIVA DRIVE-IN SHOW & SHOTS

Saturday, May 22nd  at Island Water Park parking lot. Located at 6099 W. Barstow Ave, 93723, 7-10 PM. 

Drive-in drag show and COVID vaccination clinic. Entry is $20/car (as many folks as your vehicle will seat legally).  Fresno Rainbow Pride is partnering with The Fresno County Public Health and UCSF for the vaccination clinic. UCSF will be doing the shots.  It will be the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The show is the main event and the shots are a side benefit for those interested in getting Vaccinated. Our other partners are Island Waterpark and Barb’s Drive-In. This is again an all ages event. Social distancing and the

wearing of proper facial masks are required.

Get your tickets for this event at EventBrite.

BOWLING FOR PRIDE

Sunday, May 23rd. Bowling starts at 1pm at Bowlero, located at 6450 N. Blackstone Ave.

$25 per person – includes 3 games (on average about two hours of fun) and shoes.

Raffles, and fun. Food and drinks available through Bowlero. Put on by Ray Quenga, family and friends for Fresno Rainbow Pride.

 

 



PRIDE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT FRESNO CITY HALL-

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Fresno City Hall. The City of Fresno will be presenting Fresno Rainbow Pride with a city proclamation and for the first time Fresno City will be raising the LGBT Pride Flag to fly proudly with the Red White and Blue United States of America Flag, the California Flag and the City of Fresno’s Flag. This will be an open event for the community to attend. A historic first one you will not want to miss.

FRESNO RAINBOW PRIDE DRIVE THROUGH FESTIVAL-

 

Saturday June 5th from 9am -12noon – Fresno City College This is a socially distanced resource fair that you will drive through in the comfort of your car. Fresno Rainbow Pride’s sponsors and the non-profit organization that serve the LGBTQ community are encouraged to decorate a booth, get decked out in Pride attire and hand out swag bags and informational packets to the attendees as they drive by. This event is free of charge to all attendees and our sponsors and the groups that provide services to our community. Plus there will be a COVID vaccine clinic where you can get your vaccine as you sit in your car if you would like to get your shot.

2021 Virtual Pride Celebration

Later that day, Saturday, June 5th we will be hosting a 2021 Virtual Pride Celebration on our New YouTube channel. Hosted by some hilarious Drag Queens and featuring video presentations by our sponsors, and non-profit organizations. Each video should be 30 seconds in length and absolutely no longer than one minute (60 seconds) with prior approval of Fresno Rainbow Pride*.

 

Your video presentation can talk about what services and products you offer our community. This is also no cost to our partners and to the community viewers. Expect celebrity cameos, encouraging statements from our grand Marshals and elected professionals, plus drag performances and a virtual Dance Party. Video presentation deadline is a firm June 1 cutoff date.

Video Submission Guidelines:

Length: 30 seconds *

Must be Family Friendly

Filmed/recorded:  HORIZONTALLY (TV Screen fashion)

MUST be Pride Themed related

Must be submitted as Final Edit (ready to go)

DEADLINE; Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

 

 

LOVE LIVES HERE (#loveliveshere)-

A Business and Home Decorating Contest. Our Pride Committee will be visiting the residences and taking pictures of the entries. They will be posted on our social media pages and voting will be  by the number of likes each entry gets.  There will be prizes for winners.  Tower District Businesses can decorate their store front or inside their business.  You can enter the contests starting on May 15th and runs June 18th.  We will announce the winners on June 23rd. 

#LoveLivesHere. 

 

Residential participants

Email: Tracie.FresnoRainbowPride@gmail.com, committee will visit their home, take pictures and post on Facebook and IG. Most “likes” wins.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.  Can decorate front or back yard.  Keep it family friendly.

Tower District Businesses

Email: Tracie.FresnoRainbowPride@gmail.com

Each business  provides a $25 gift certificate for their business for entry. Committee will photograph and post on Facebook and IG. Most likes wins.

 

Winner will be receiving an inaugural event plaque and a presence through the remainder of the year on our site.

Customers encouraged to visit participating businesses. Paying customers entered into drawing.  Winners receive gift cert for that business.  Committee will provide raffle tickets for them to use.

 

 

 

 

PRIDE CARAVAN-

Sunday, June 6th there will be a Pride Caravan traveling a route through Fresno. We the Tower roads are open we will be showing our colorfully, prideful, and loud support of the Save The Tower Protestors at Wishon and Olive. Open to everyone. The only requirement will be decking your ride out in Rainbow Pride.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY PRIDE DECLARATION
 

Fresno Rainbow Pride is coordinating a San Joaquin Valley Pride Declaration.  Uniting Kern County, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin counties and the cities there in. Think city and county proclamations and Rainbow Flag raisings at city Hall and county seats. This will be a virtual event with each group representing their regions and shown on our new YouTube channel

 

 

 

 

 

THE  LGBTQ BAR CRAWL

And finally a LGBTQ Crawl in the Tower District where we will be queering all of the bars, nightclubs and eateries. Date to be announce later. 21 and over at bars and nightclubs where applicable. 

To our Community of Pride:

While things are slowly going back to our new normal, Community Link’s Fresno Rainbow Pride has made the very difficult decision that it is not feasible to hold an in-person LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday June 5th as of yet. This past Wednesday evening, the committee of Fresno Rainbow Pride made this very difficult decision due to the public health crisis we are all experiencing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Community’s safety and health are our highest priorities and we want everyone to survive today so that we may celebrate together in the near future.

 

The Big 30th annual LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival is not cancelled, it is only on hold for the time being and will happen as soon as it is appropriate and safe to gather in big numbers. The 30th Pride parade will happen on a future date, even if that means waiting till next year, Saturday, June 4, 2022. All funds we have so far raised will be set aside for that date to arrive. We are asking our Pride Partners to stand with us as we move forward with the future in mind. We will all get through this together and we will celebrate our lives and Pride in an awesome day of celebration.

 

Fresno Rainbow Pride has been working on putting together an amazing 30th anniversary celebration for well over 2 years. All of that work can be put into action at a later date. The pride committee did not pause during the past year of shelter in place, we continued our behind the scenes work to make Pride happen. Fresno Rainbow Pride held on to the hope that we might be able to gather in a healthy and safe fashion, but the reality became painfully clear that the in-person celebration was not going to be possible. For all of that faith, hope and efforts the committee gave to make this year’s festivities a special occasion, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you.

 

That doesn't mean that we don't have many things in store for our community. 

We are gearing up for our second virtual PRIDE experience, to celebrate our community’s culture and achievements. This COVID-19 situation is allowing us to become more creative in ways of connecting, sharing and expressing ourselves, #Changing Queer Culture #Saving Queer Culture. Please stay tuned for future announcements about this year’s unique virtual Pride Celebration.

 

Thank You,

Jeffery Robinson