Pride, Pride, Pride! `Tis the season, babes. As we spend the month of June reflecting on all the work we’ve done to get here and all that is yet to be done, we also get to celebrate with one another. And Jersey Pride is the turn up of all turn ups. It is one of two gigantic Pride events that happens in the Garden State.
The best part about Jersey Pride is that it happens in Asbury Park — like the number one gay spot in New Jersey. But also right at a gorgeous beachfront! Last year, I went to Jersey Pride and in the midst of incredible music performances and stopping by vendors I meandered over to the beach and went for a dip. Pride celebrations are known to happen in either swelteringly hot weather conditions or a thunder storm. Last year, it was a mix of both and just before the storm came in, it was ideal swimming weather.
In between the beach and Pride tents, there is a huge pavilion that is usually filled with tipsy, dancing gays bopping around. I went through the pavilion for my usual rum and coke and felt welcomed with open arms, even though I’m not familiar with the Jersey LGBTQ scene. That’s what is so special about Pride season — it’s a time when we all center around love and acceptance. Jersey Pride was a place where I immediately felt welcomed into the glittery celebration.
Jersey Pride — Sunday, June 3
Where: Asbury Park, NJ (festival grounds at 5th and Ocean)
Time: 12:00 – 7:00pm
Parade steps off at noon (Main St and Cookman)
Their Facebook boasts “NJ’s annual Gay Pride celebration at the Jersey shore. Enjoy the fabulous Pride parade, headline performers, great food, arts and crafts, exhibits and community information, activities for the entire family, and the best in entertainment. The festival features nearly 200 artisans, crafters, and organizations, and a diverse Food Court. Fun for all ages in the Family Zone.”
This year will be the 27th annual Jersey Pride at the shore and features performances from Heather May, Liz Graham, Porsche, Jacob St. Aubin and many more! Don’t miss out on these glorious celebrations. See you this Sunday, babes!