The Fourth Annual Cape Cod PRIDE Festival will be held tomorrow , from noon to 5 PM at the Hyannis Village Green. All are welcome and admission is free. A PRIDE Dance Party will follow the Village Green event from 6 to 9 PM at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis.
In 2018, a study published by the Equality Fund of the Boston Foundation, estimated that more than 10,000 LGBTQ individuals are year-round residents of the Cape.
The festival seeks to better connect the LGBTQ community Capewide and invites all who celebrate diversity and share the fight for equality. In addition to the festival, Cape PRIDE promotes and sponsors programs and events year-round that build and support LGBTQ communities in every region of Cape Cod.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Honoring Our Past, Uniting For Our Future.” This year has a trifecta of LGBTQ milestones—including the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the 30th anniversary of the passage of Massachusetts’ gay rights law, and the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts.
Two local organizations focused on making the Cape a better place for the LGBTQ community and for all will be honored at the festival. No Place For Hate (Falmouth) and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)—Cape Cod will receive Cape Cod PRIDE’s first annual “Making A Difference” Award for the work they do every day to promote equality for all, and for jointly bringing LGBTQ PRIDE back to Cape Cod in 2016, after a 15-year gap.
This year’s Cape Cod PRIDE Festival features prominent speakers as well as live music, crafts and community vendors, food trucks, raffle prizes, and activities for families and kids. ASL interpreters will be provided.
Entertainment includes live music by Funktapuss; DJ Sheri Lynne and her band; poet Kim Baker; and emcees Crimson Glittah and Sandy Dunes.