Pride Marianas Youth is inviting the public to its main Pride event today, June 25, called “Strides for Pride,” which is a walk/parade from the Garapan Fishing Base (across Kristo Rai Church) to the American Memorial Park
The event will begin with registration at the Garapan Fishing Base from 4pm to 5pm. There will be free Pride flags and free rainbow masks for the first 100 registered.
This Youth Pride walk/parade will begin with a short wave and then will “Walk & Roll ‘’ from the Garapan Fishing Base at 5:15pm to the American Memorial Park. Once at AMP, the first 100 participants can avail of free snacks and refreshments. There will be some performances led by the Humanities Council, Pride Talks, a series of speakers and re-enacted Pride Stories, and then at dusk there will be a family-friendly brief animation on growing up as transgender and then a documentary, State of Pride.
Organizers expect to end at 8:30 (so please bring snacks, water bottles to stay hydrated, and umbrellas and jackets in case it rains).
This event caps the month’s lineup of family events on Rota, Tinian, and Saipan for CNMI’s June Pride that raise awareness and honor the CNMI’s LGBTQIA+ community.
Pride Marianas Youth said that its last event, Pride at the Park, had an amazing turnout of over 600 people.
One of the many scheduled activities organized by Pride Marianas Youth with its champion partner agencies and sponsors for Pride Month, Pride at the Park featured songs and dances, magic, family-friendly activities, educational resources, raffles and giveaways, as well as a specially-curated exhibit housed by the museum, which included the Stories of Pride from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, the pride flag insignias, art exhibits from allies, and posters highlighting Pride Marianas events throughout the years. (PR)