The Little Falls Community Outreach is excited to invite the community to their first Pride Fest on Saturday, June 12 in Burke Park!  Two years ago, Tamara Razzano, Executive Director for Outreach, debuted Rainbow Club for LGBTQIA+ and allies within grades 8-12 throughout the Mohawk Valley. This group comes together weekly for support, conversation, fun, and education.  Currently, this is the only group of its kind in Herkimer County.

As membership grew, they recognized that they wanted to host an event to show support for and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Last year, Rainbow Club discussed hosting a Pride Fest but due to the pandemic, plans for the celebration were postponed.

This spring, outdoor gatherings were deemed to be safe once again, so Outreach quickly began planning their new event. Rainbow Club Co-Facilitator, Erynn Lowery, explains, “These kids are just incredible, and it is important that they are seen, heard, and supported along with the entire LGBTQIA+ community. What better way than to do that than with Pride?”

Razzano shares about Pride, “Our purpose is to celebrate diversity, provide education and resources, and raise funds to support this growing program at the Little Falls Community Outreach.”

The day kicks off with a Pride Stride 5K & Family Fun Run (adults $20, ages 16 and under $5). Advanced and same-day registration is available, with packet pick up in Burke Park at 8:30 am and the run starting at 9 am. The celebration continues in the park from 11 am-3 pm. Guest speakers will cover educational topics as suggested by Rainbow Club. There will also be an “Ask the Panel” session for Q&A with the audience. In addition, there will be drag story hour and performances, merchandise for sale, food vendors, music, lawn games, and arts and crafts. The festivities will conclude with a Pride Dance Party from 2-3 pm with prizes awarded.

“The support from local businesses and individuals has been overwhelming,” explains Razzano. “We even have local restaurants offer to run Pride specials such as The Café at Stone Mill who will feature a Rainbow Wrap and a Fruity Pebble Flurry!”

More information about Outreach and the Pride celebration can be found at lfcommunityoutreach.com and by visiting their Facebook page and event. If you have questions, are interested in supporting Pride, or being a volunteer, please contact Outreach at 315-823-1409 or lfcommunityoutreach@gmail.com. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.