JAMESTOWN – After more than a year of uncertainty because of COVID-19, Jamestown Pride will have its first festival next month.
Organizers of Jamestown Pride, a LGBTQI and supportive allies event, announced during a meeting Tuesday evening that the festival will occur June 12 at the Jamestown Public Market. The festival was cancelled in June 2020 because of the pandemic, which left the future of a pride festival in question.
Pride Coordinator Sheridan Smith acknowledged that organizations saw a shift in where they allocated funding as the COVID-19 crisis continued. Smith, however, says that Jamestown Pride never saw a lost in financial support.
“The organizations that backed us moved right into the new year with us,” Smith said. “This turned out a lot better than anyone could’ve anticipated a year ago. We are doing absolutely fine financially.”
Organizers say most of the events will occur at the Market and the Winter Garden Plaza, which is being labeled a “safe space.” Several community organizations that specialize in supporting diversity will be set up at the plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Zumba and yoga classes will be held at the plaza, according to organizers.
Gay pride and pride culture will be celebrated in a “family, friendly” manner at the Jamestown Public Market along Third Street throughout the day.
Pandora Boxx, a drag queen born in Jamestown, will be appearing at the festival during the evening. Several other events are expected to take place throughout the festival.
Social distancing, mask wearing and other guidelines will be placed for the event.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is expected to kick off the festival at 9:30 a.m.
The Market will be opening its 2021 season the day of the festival.
Market Director Linnea Carlson says that cash, credit/debit cards and other forms of payment will be accepted through the market. Pride shirts will be sold in support of the Market.