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SARANAC LAKE – The Tri-Lakes will have what may be their first-ever Pride Month festival held next weekend.

The Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance is hosting the first annual Tri-Lakes Pride event at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on June 26 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to all members and allies of the LGBTQIA-plus community in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and surrounding areas.

There will be exhibits, vendors from all over the Tri-Lakes, raffles and music. Mhisty Knights, a regional drag queen based in Peru, is set to perform at the event. There will also be a fashion show hosted by the Saranac Lake Youth Center in conjunction with the Main St. Exchange consignment store.

The event is family-friendly, said Kelly Metzgar, ANCGA executive director and Tri-Lakes Pride organizer, with music and fun for all ages.

“It is very important for me” she says.

Owen Gilbo, diversity and inclusion specialist with the state Department of Public Service, is expected to speak at the event, along with Harrietstown City Supervisor Jordanna Mallach and other Tri-Lakes community leaders.

Mallach said she’s done her best as a city supervisor to make sure the community knows everyone’s voice matters, and she thinks Tri-Lakes Pride is one more way to achieve that. objective. She encouraged everyone in the community to stop by the event, even if they’ve never celebrated Pride before.

“I think any opportunity that takes people out of the community is good,” she says.

The ANCGA is also partnering with Romano’s Saranac Lanes to offer a Pride bowling event on Saturday, June 25 from 4-6 p.m. Bowling is $15 per person for two games and shoe rental. The Pride bowling event is a fundraiser to help the nonprofit ANCGA with the costs of the Pride event on June 26. The ANCGA is run entirely by volunteers, according to Metzgar.

More information about the event is available on the ANCGA Facebook page.

The ANCGA organizes a number of local events, including the Adirondack North Country Pride event in Plattsburgh, which takes place in October – LGBTQIA History Month. This year’s event will be the seventh annual Adirondack North Country Pride.

Although the ANCGA is based in Saranac Lake, Metzgar said the alliance started holding Pride events in Plattsburgh first because it’s one of the largest communities in the North Country by population, just after Watertown. The ANCGA has worked to attract as many people as possible from the LGBTQIA-plus community to the event. The alliance has always intended to make the Tri-Lakes proud, but Metzgar said the coronavirus pandemic has delayed that until this year.

Metzgar said she hopes this will be the first of many Tri-Lakes Pride events – which is why the ANCGA is calling this year’s event the “first year” Pride of the Tri-Lakes.

ANCGA is always looking for volunteers to help set up and take down tables, chairs, tents and other equipment for the Pride event at Riverside Park. People interested in volunteering for the event should email [email protected]

How did Pride month start?

Pride Month is a reminder of the Stonewall Riots which began on June 28, 1969. The riots – a clash between police and members of the LGBTQIA-plus community that spanned six days – were sparked by a police raid on the Stonewall gay bar in New York City.

Police raids on gay bars were common at the time, according to the Library of Congress. It was illegal to serve alcohol to gay people in New York City until 1966, and in 1969 being gay was still considered a criminal offense.

As a result, many gay bars served alcohol without a liquor license, and police raids on bars and police brutality against gay people were common.

The Stonewall Riots are often hailed as the birth of the gay liberation movement.

qThe first Pride march took place in New York a year after the riots, on June 28, 1970.

“Pride celebrations are a way to honor those who came before us, who fought for the right to express their love to another person on their own terms and not what society dictates as acceptable or” appropriate “”, Metzgar wrote in a column for the company last year. “It allows us to show our youngsters that they are perfect just the way they are.”

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