Apr 20, 2012
|June 9, 2012|
The Long Island Pride Parade will be held along Main Street in Huntington Village, beginning at Clinton Street and ending on Sabbath Day Path. According to past estimates, the Parade draws and estimated 5,000 spectators, making it one of the largest parades outside of New York City. Arrive early to find the best view!
The Long Island Pride Parade & Festival is Long Island’s largest GLBT event with more than 5,000 attendees. The Parade through Huntington Village features an array of marching groups, including community organizations, social groups, GLBT corporate employees, and other constituencies. Immediately following is the Pride Festival in Huntington’s Heckscher Park with entertainment, exhibitors, food and beverage, as well as other family-friendly attractions.
Long Island Pride traces its origins to 1991 when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders Leah Gustavson, David Kilmnick, Cara Wilson and Steve Henaghan approached the Town of Huntington to grant a permit to hold the first Pride Parade. The request was denied by the town on the grounds that only “traditional” parades were allowed on Huntington’s streets. The committee was represented by the ACLU and the matter was heard in a federal court on May 28, 1991 by Judge Leonard D. Wexler who ruled in favor of the committee and granted the parade permit. The first Long Island Pride Parade was held on June 9, 1991.