LI Pride: A 24 Year History
The Long Island Pride Parade traces its origins to over twenty years ago when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders – Leah Gustavson, David Kilmnick, Cara Wilson and Steve Hanaghan – 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.
Since that time, the Pride Parade has grown into one of the largest parades outside of New York City: community organizations, businesses, and school-based Gay-Straight Alliance clubs participate each year, out and proudly marching along Main Street to the cheers of thousands of spectators.
The 2014 Pride Parade on Saturday, June 14th will begin at 12:00pm, leading to Heckscher Park for PrideFest, a day-long music and entertainment festival.