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Montclair’s newest festival, Pride 2022, spearheaded by Out Montclair, is not starting small.
The big day is June 11, when downtown Montclair will feature stages on Bloomfield Avenue and Park Street with all-day music, comedy and other performances by local talent as well as remarks on LGBTQ+ equality by Councilman Peter Yacobellis, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Attorney General Matthew Platkin. An evening concert at the Wellmont featuring Jordy and Fab The Duo and headliner Betty Who will cap off the festival. Admission is free, save for the evening concert, which requires a ticket.
But the warmup starts June 2, with a party at the Montclair Art Museum, followed by fun runs, doughnut decorating, workouts, drag variety shows — even a scripture reading.
“We are excited about Montclair’s first-ever Pride festival,” said Yacobellis, the councilman who founded Out Montclair a year ago. “We think our festival will be one of the biggest in the state, if not the biggest.” 
He expects as many as 15,000 people, with more than 100 restaurants, artisans and nonprofits at booths along South Park and Church streets, and a beer garden featuring Montclair Brewery’s signature, “Pride Beer.” 
“There will be tons of activities for people and families — arts and crafts, games, contests, giveaways,” he said. “Also, resource booths from advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Montclair Animal Shelter, and HIV testing,” he said. 
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But the purpose of the festival goes beyond having fun, said Yacobellis. The councilman, who last year told about his struggles as a young gay man, said Pride events were where he discovered “I wasn’t alone, and all of the resources that were available to me.”
“LGBTQ+ Pride events help people in our community feel safe, be themselves and develop self-esteem,” he said.
That need for support is greater than ever, he said, citing the sharp rise in calls to crisis centers by LBGTQ+ youth;  the “appalling” treatment of trans youth and their parents in Texas; the banning of books on LGBTQ+ subjects, and the increase in laws across the country prohibiting schools from discussing topics of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Thursday, June 2: Evening opening event at the Montclair Art Museum, celebrating queer artists, dancers, musicians and DJs, is free, with an optional VIP fundraiser reception with artist Kyle Meyer beforehand. 
Friday, June 3 is movie night, with a free outdoor showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Lackawanna Plaza and a performance by the Ordinary Kids, a troupe made up of diehard fans of the classic camp musical. 
Saturday, June 4, to Monday, June 6. Local gyms, such as D*FIT, Guerrilla Fitness, Juniper, the YMCA and The Row House are sponsoring “Pride Workouts.” 
Monday, June 6 is a Drag Queen variety show at  Vanguard Theater, with a “PG first act and a spicy second act.” 
Tuesday, June 7: “Reading Scripture with Pride” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, sponsored by the Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association, will feature a discussion between clergy and LGBTQ+ people of faith on their experiences, and why scripture should not be weaponized against LGBTQ+ people. 
Wednesday, June 8: “Drag Queens & Doughnuts” at Rabble Rise Donuts, features doughnut decorating with the assistance of local queens, followed by a family-friendly drag show on the patio.  
Thursday, June 9: Montclair Brewery will host the town’s 4th annual Fleet Feet Montclair Pride Stride Run & Walk 5K. 
For Saturday’s festival, the comedy, music and entertainment at the two downtown soundstages is free; the only ticketed event is the evening concert. 
Saturday night’s headliner, Betty Who, has had multiple songs at the top of the Billboard charts, including her breakout hit “Somebody Loves You” and “All of You.” “All Things” is her cover of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” opening number. 
Fab the Duo is an alt-rock duo based in Los Angeles.
The Saturday festival is rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather events will move to the YMCA, downtown restaurants, The Claridge and Wellmont theaters.
Between noon and 6 p.m. Bloomfield Avenue will be closed between North Fullerton and Maple Plaza; South Park will be closed between Church and Bloomfield; Church Street will be closed between Bloomfield and South Park, and Park Street will be closed between Bloomfield Avenue and Portland Place.
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New York City 
A sampling of the many events in New York City’s Pride celebration. More information can be found at
June 21: The Center’s Garden Party, with performances, music, special guest and more at Pier 84 (near 44th Street) at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $99.
June 25: Hester Street Fair Pride Market, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Seaport’s Pier 17. Celebrate Pride Weekend with a roster of LGBTQIA+ owned and operated businesses, dance to the music of Bill Coleman and see a live performance or two. 
June 26: The PrideFest Street Fair, teems with unique vendors, entertainment, food and activity on Fourth Avenue between E. 13th Street and E. Eighth Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This event draws more than 100,000 festival goers throughout the day. 
June 26: The 53rd NYC Pride March will begin at noon from 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Marchers will proceed south on Fifth Avenue before heading west on Eighth Street. After crossing over Sixth Avenue, the march will continue on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on Seventh Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue. 
Bergen County
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June 1: Maywood Pride Flag Raising at Borough Hall, 15 Park Ave., 6 p.m.
June 1: Tenafly Pride Flag Raising at Huyler Park, 3:30 p.m.
June 2: Fair Lawn Pride Flag Raising, 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave., 6 p.m.
June 4: Garfield Pride 2nd Annual Celebration at 20th Century Field, 75 Elizabeth St., 10 a.m. to noon
June 4: Glen Rock Pride 6th Annual Pride in the Park at Memorial Park. Noon flag raising, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Pride in the Park
June 4: Ramsey LGBTQ Pride 4th Annual Ceremony and celebration at Ramsey High School, 6 to 8 p.m.
June 4: Rutherford Pride celebration at Lincoln Park: Live performances, food trucks, beer garden, kids zone; noon to 4 p.m.
June 11: Tenafly Pride, Pride Parade starts at George Street; ceremony at Huyler Park, 1:30 p.m.
June 12: Leonia Pride Celebration at Wood Park: speakers, entertainment, beer garden and more, 1 to 4 p.m. 
June 12: Mahwah Pride Coalition Celebration at Commodore Perry Field, 4 to 6 p.m.
June 26: Fair Lawn Pride Block Party at the Municipal building on Parmelee Ave., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
Morris County 
June 4: Pequannock Pride, music, food and fun in Greenview Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date June 5. 
June 11:Boonton Rainbow Pride, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Picnicking in Grace Lord Park, talks, music and an interactive art exhibit. Rain date June 12. 
June 25:Morris County Pride Festival, an all-day, family-friendly event at Morris Community College, 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden and local affirming vendors.
Hudson County 
Aug. 27: LGTBQ+ Pride Festival, Grove Street Plaza and Newark Avenue, Jersey City, from 1 to 9 p.m. 
Julia Martin is the 2021 recipient of the New Jersey Society for Professional Journalists’ David Carr award for her coverage of Montclair for
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