Naples Pride Fest postponed to November
Naples Pride won’t hold its festival during Pride Month this year.
Instead, the organization will move its celebration of the LGBTQ community to Nov. 20 at Cambier Park in Naples.
“We’re comfortable having it in November,” said Callhan Soldavini, a board member of the group. “We know we’ll keep our community safer.”
The November event should be recognizable despite the change of date, as the organizers plan to approach it the same way they previously have in terms of booking live entertainment and the vendors they have at their typical June events.
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The event will be “bigger and better than ever since we’ve had to wait for this celebration,” Soldavini said.
Despite pushing the event back, the group is optimistic.
“Naples Pride is particularly excited about this year’s celebration because we’ve come so far as an organization despite the pandemic,” Soldavini said.
That includes opening the Naples Pride Center, the group’s official space for organizing and programming on Airport-Pulling Road, in October last year.
Naples Pride President Cori Craciun said at the time that the Center could be a place of solace for those learning more about themselves and their identity.
“We live in a time where coming out, it’s not easy," Craciun said. "It’s easier than it has been. But the stigma and the judgment is still there.”
Though Naples Pride is postponing its festival, it is working with the city of Naples to recognize June 16, one day before the anniversary of the group’s first pride festival in 2017, as Naples Pride Day, Soldavini said.
In the meantime, Soldavini said the group is always looking for more volunteers as well as businesses and organizations to join their business alliance.
“We’re just really looking forward to being with our community and allies and celebrating together,” she said.
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