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PHOENIX — The annual Phoenix Pride parade and competition have been moved to the autumn, rescheduled to Nov. 6-7, 2021, due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Like a couple of different occasions have had to do, it marks the third time that the weekend occasion, which celebrates 40 years in 2021, has been rescheduled. The 2020 occasion was moved from the spring to the autumn, then rescheduled for spring 2021 due to the pandemic.

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In a information launch, organizers mentioned the autumn occasion would nonetheless be held at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The competition is scheduled for each Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, and the parade is scheduled for Sunday morning.

The principal headliners — Neon Trees, Melanie Fiona, Jenn Cuneta, Jody Watley, and Deborah Cox, and others — have been reconfirmed for the autumn competition, organizers mentioned. Alexis Mateo will exchange April Carrion and Lineysha Sparx within the RuPaul Drag Race Puerto Rican Invasion Show.

“While we are all looking forward to reuniting as a community, Phoenix Pride always puts the health and safety of our community first, and while the decision was not easy, we know that shifting our dates to November is the right thing to do for the organization and for all who attend the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade to celebrate with us,” said Phoenix Pride Executive Director Mike Fornelli, in a written statement.

“We are eager to bring our family and friends back together, and with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and improving forecasts for infection rates heading into the fall, we are confident that we will be able to gather in November to celebrate the incredible milestone of our 40th year of serving the Greater Phoenix community.”

Those who already purchased tickets should receive an email from See Tickets, the event’s ticket company, in the next couple of days with additional information, organizers said.

“For many in the LGBTQ+ community, Pride represents the one moment in time during the year when they can be fully themselves, and openly – and safely – express their identity and culture. The absence of that moment over the past year has been felt sharply by many in our community, and even as we prepare for an amazing celebration in November, I want to remind everyone among our LGBTQ+ community and our allies that you are not alone, and we are all still connected as a community,” mentioned Landen Smith, president of Phoenix Pride’s Board of Directors, in a written assertion.

“If you need resources, help or just a friendly contact, please reach out to any member of the Phoenix Pride staff or board of directors, and we will do our very best to connect you with whatever you need during this difficult moment,” he mentioned.

Details concerning Phoenix Pride’s Rainbow Festival, one other considered one of its yearly occasions, has not been introduced. However, in an announcement, Phoenix Pride mentioned with all of its deal with the planning of the Phoenix Pride Festival, the Rainbow Festival would probably return in 2022.

Visit phoenixpride.org for extra data.

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