JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Tens of thousands of people flocked to Jackson Heights this Sunday to kick off Pride month with the 27th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival.
Headlining this year’s parade were HIV/AIDS activists Candy Samples and Jesse Pasackow, the Queens Lion Pride Club and Mirror Beauty Cooperative — a cosmetology business founded by four transgender, Latina women.
Among the politicos in attendance were four candidates for Queens District Attorney in the upcoming June 25th primary: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, public defender Tiffany Cabán, former New York State Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak and City Council Member Rory Lancman.
New York Attorney General Letitia James; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney; City Council Members Karen Koslowitz, Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander; Assembly Members Aravella Simotas and Catalina Cruz and State Sen. Michael Gianaris also made cameos.
Queens’ annual Pride parade started in 1993 to commemorate the death of 29-year-old Julio Rivera, who was attacked in a Jackson Heights schoolyard for being gay.