San Diego Pride just announced that they are cancelling their annual parade and festival this year. In fact, San Diego Pride is cancelling all of their in-person events during the month of July. This isn’t a decision they arrived at lightly, their monthly email updates have been ripe with the thought processes and and the deliberations of their board of directors and leadership teams. I shared their optimism that we could eek out this celebration as we beat back this pandemic by then but that has given way to the harsh reality that we are no where close to getting the upper hand.
Here is a quote from their official email newsletter:
After weeks of thoughtful consideration, today, San Diego Pride’s Board of Directors and staff announced that all in-person gatherings scheduled for July 2020 will not take place as planned. The health and safety of all must come first and foremost. Given the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, large-scale events such as Pride Parades and Festivals are simply not possible and pose too much of a risk to public health and safety.
“This pandemic has impacted all of us. We have had to change how we live our lives and Pride is no different,” said Sue Hartman, Board Co-Chair. “This was not an easy decision, but everyone’s health and safety are paramount. Rest assured, our community will find ways to celebrate Pride together again.”
“We encourage everyone not to see this decision as a setback, but a step forward – this is what we must do so that we can come together sooner rather than later. It is in that vein that we encourage everyone to stay home per local and state guidelines, to check in on one another during this time, and remember that we are all in this together,” said Nick Serrano, Board Co-Chair.San Diego Pride Status Update
If you’d like to read the full text of this official announcement you can do so after the jump.