Back in April, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that all non-essential events in June would be canceled, including NYC Pride. But there will still be an opportunity to celebrate, as NYC Pride is going digital, and the line-up is just as star-studded as ever.
According to a new press release, Janelle Monáe is still slated to perform, along with Billy Porter, Margaret Cho, and more. Grand Marshals include Dan Levy, The Ali Forney Center, Yanzi Peng, and Victoria Cruz.
The event will take place on Sunday, June 28. It will be broadcasted on WABC Channel 7.
“The NYC Pride March is such a wonderful day for our city, we look forward to interacting with our viewers in new and creative ways from virtual watch parties to showing us how you are celebrating Pride this year throughout the broadcast,” WABC-TV president and general manager Debra O’Connell said in a statement.
Carson Kressley, who will serve as a guest co-host, added, “NYC Pride is a special place for so many. I couldn’t imagine a year without celebrating with the fabulous LBGTQ people in New York. When I was asked to join this special broadcast event with my friends at WABC it was a no brainer.”
This year is the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride march. Janelle Monáe had previously been announced as the headliner of Pride Island, a weekend music event.
As one of this year’s newly announced Grand Marshals, Dan Levy reflected on the “physical circumstances” being “less than ideal,” but added that “our community has always come together in the face of adversity, and this year’s broadcast is no exception.”
“The NYC Pride March is such a pillar of our community and I am incredibly honored to be recognized alongside the other Grand Marshals on its 50th anniversary,” Levy said. “I am so inspired by the opportunity we’ve been given to celebrate together.”
NYC Pride is just one of many Pride events that are going virtual this year. Stay tuned for more updates!