Jackson Heights hosts 20th Queens Pride Parade
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In 1990, a young gay man named Julio Rivera as murdered in the schoolyard of P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights. Last Sunday, his family led hundreds of marchers, including Queens Center for Gay Seniors, cast members of the Broadway hit Wicked, and numerous elected officials, down 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights in the 20th Queens Pride Parade.

"When we first started this parade, it was our hope to open the hearts and minds of Queens residents,"

said Councilman and Queens Pride Founder Daniel Dromm. "Sunday's parade was proof that we have accomplished just that."

More than 70 groups participated in the parade, entertaining the large crowds of spectators along

the route.

This year’s Queens Pride Festival at the end of the parade had more vendors than ever before and featured two stages with entertainment throughout the day. The festival capped off with a performance by music superstar Martha Wash.

Mother Nature took part in the event too, casting a rainbow over Western Queens as the festival

concluded.

“It was truly a remarkable day,” said Hank Krumholz, co-chair of the Queens Pride

Committee.

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