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Phoenix Pride cancels 2020 festival and parade, announces 2021 dates

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:24:16-05

Update (Feb. 19, 2021): Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix Pride festival and parade have both been rescheduled for the fall. The new dates are Nov. 6-7, 2021 at Steele Indian School Park. The original dates were April 10-11. Phoenix Pride celebrates 40 years in 2021.

Original story:

Organizers announced Tuesday that the 2020 Phoenix Pride parade and festival has been canceled, presumably in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and limits on large gatherings, and announced the dates and headliners for the 2021 festival.

Phoenix Pride typically happens in the spring, but was rescheduled for the fall because of the ongoing pandemic. Now, the fall event has been canceled and will return to the spring for its 40th anniversary in 2021.

The Phoenix Pride festival is now scheduled for April 10-11, 2021 at Steele Indian School Park. The parade will be held on April 11, 2021.

“Phoenix Pride is looking forward to bringing our community back together when we return to our usual spring schedule in 2021,” Phoenix Pride Executive Director Mike Fornelli said in a prepared statement. “We continue to use our additional time to plus the plans for our 40th Festival, and we are equally excited about celebrating the milestone of our 40th Parade, which directly celebrates the earliest marches in which Phoenix Pride has its roots.”

Past members of Phoenix Pride's board of directions and executive directors will serve at the 2021 grand marshals.

Neon Trees, Melanie Fiona and Horoscopos de Durango will perform at the festival on April 10. Deborah Cox, Jody Watley and La Sonora Tropicana will perform on April 11.

Maribel Guardia and RuPaul’s Puerto Rican Drag Show will perform both days, as well.

Tickets for the 2021 event are on sale now. Standard admission is $30-$50 and VIP is $100-$200. Those who purchased tickets for the 2020 event will receive an email this week, organizers said.

Visit www.phoenixpride.org for more information.