CAPE MAY — Atlantic City’s Alexia Love, the first to be crowned in the Miss’d America pageant in the 1990s, will serve as MC for a Pride March and Ceremony scheduled for Cape May on June 23.
The event will follow a similar format to last year’s walk, with participants gathering at the Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave. before walking the Promenade to its end at The Cove.
The rally will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the march beginning at 6 p.m.
At The Cove, the plans are for speeches, as well as trivia and community building. Those who don’t want to take the roughly one-mile walk can go straight to the creek at the west end of Beach Avenue.
“Attendees are encouraged to come in their fullest expression, with gear, signs and rainbow flags suggested and welcomed,” reads an event announcement from Equality Cape May, an LGBTQ advocacy group. . “The walk to Anse will be accompanied by music and a joyful atmosphere.”
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Local officials have been invited to participate, organizers said.
Scheduled speakers include Laurie Greene, a Stockton professor and founder of an LGBTQ Youth Safe Space initiative, Deidre Belinfanti with Garden State Equality and Julia Hankerson, Democratic candidate for Cape May County Commissioner.
“Our community has come together to organize a fabulous event that will let everyone know that we are proud of Cape May,” said Ann McCabe, Founder of Equality Cape May. “LGBTQ+ individuals, friends, allies, local elected officials and the business community are invited to participate and show their support.”
A community building and “selfie station” are planned at The Cove, and a free after-party is planned at The Rusty Nail on Beach Avenue around 8 p.m. after the ceremony.
“Local businesses and organizations can support the event by displaying the colors of the rainbow and sharing event details ahead of the march,” read the notice from organizers. “As the event takes place in the city of Cape May, it is intended to be a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community throughout Cape May County, and businesses and organizations from across the region are encouraged to show their support. .”
A rainy date is June 30. More information and updates can be found on the Equality Cape May Facebook page.
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