June 8, 2023

Town of Rye and pRYEde Third Annual Pride Celebrations

Town of Rye and pRYEde Third Annual Pride Celebrations

June is Pride Month and once again, to uplift love and equity across our community, the Town of Rye is proud to host multiple events, including two flag raisings and several colorful pride celebrations. Working in unity with pRYEde Community Group ("pRYEde"), a local 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ education, advocacy and celebration, and the Rye Town Park Commission, we invite neighbors to stand together in celebration to create a sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ and all members of our shared community.

The celebrations will begin on Friday, June 2nd at 6pm in Crawford Park, where the spectacular "Rainbow Crossing" will be unveiled followed by the Crawford Mansion pride flag raising. The "Rainbow Crossing" will be a community painted rainbow crosswalk, designed and painted by local students under the guidance of local artist and art teacher, Mr. Paul Rively. Directly following the reveal, Town of Rye Supervisor Gary Zuckerman will host the Crawford Park Pride Flag Raising with Council Member Pamela Jaffee and Amanda Timchak co-founder of pRYEde.

The celebrations continue the following week, on Saturday June 10th, at beautiful Rye Town Park. The day will begin with the Rye Town Park Pride Flag raising at 9:30am, hosted again by Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, along with Jaffee, Timchak, as well as many community leaders, local students, activists and community members.

Following the flag raising ceremony, organizers will lead participants and audience members on the a joyous and musical parade, along the Playland Boardwalk, which will culminate in the unveiling of the Third Annual Student Led Community Pride Mural. An original piece designed and painted by Middle and High School students from across NY and CT under the guidance of pRYEde and local mural artist and art teacher Donna Wundeler, this mural celebrates LGBTQ+ identities and shares a positive message of inclusion meant to inspire the community.

The festivities will continue with a Pride Fair at the Pavilions, including entertaining performances by musicians, artist and poets along with stations led by local organizations celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Current participating organizations include: The LOFT, PrideWorks, GLSEN Hudson Valley, Rye Arts Center, Rye Youth Council, RyeACT, POW’R Against Tobacco, The Rye Free Reading Room, and local GSA groups. Community organizations who are interested in hosting a table at the Pride Fair can find more information and register at www.pryede.com/our-projects.

***pRYEde.org is currently seeking volunteers for all events: We need students and community members to help make these wonderful events run smoothly. The organization is especially calling for middle and high school students to help collaborate in either of the two mural projects. Artistic skills are not necessary, there are a variety of needs to be filled. Details and registration forms can be found at pryede.com/our-projects.

Thursday June 1, 2023

City of Rye Flag Raisings:

• Time: 3:00 p.m. – Rye High School

• Time: 4:00 p.m. – City Halln

• Time: 4:30 p.m. - Rye Recreation

Friday June 2, 2023

Crawford Park Celebration:

• Date: Friday June 2, 2023

• Time: 6:00 p.m. – Rainbow Crossing Reveal - Crawford Mansion

• Time: 6:30 p.m. - Pride Flag Raising - Crawford Mansion

Saturday June 10, 2023

Events will start at the Pavilions and continue around the park, including a parade along the Playland Boardwalk.

Rye Town Park Celebration:

• Date: Saturday June 10, 2023

• Time: 9:00 a.m. - Pride Gathering Begins - Rye Town Park Flagpole

• Time: 9:30 a.m. - Brief Opening Comments and Raising of the Pride Flag - Rye Town Park Flagpole

• Time: 9:45 a.m. - Pride Parade - Live music by MOJO will get our feet moving as we march throughout the park and along the Playland Boardwalk

• Time: 10:15 a.m. - Student Led Community Pride Mural unveiling - Rye Town Park Pedestrian Walkway, along the fence

• Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.- Pride Festival - The Pavilions at Rye Town Park

Pride Festival Participants... so far


pRYEde Community Group, Rye Youth Council, RyeACT, Rye YMCA, Friends of Rye Town Park, Rye Poetry Path, Rye Arts Center, Joint Libraries Tables - Rye Free Reading Room, Harrison Public Library, Port Chester- Rye Brook Public Library, The LOFT, PrideWorks, WJSC Center Lane, GLSEN Hudson Valley, Florence Taylor - Face Painter, The Jackson Crash - musical

  • MOJO (creates the best. party. ever.) performing a musical set during the parade
  • Christina Picciano (frontman of the Ossining punk band "All My Friends" and Artist is Residence at The LOFT) performing a musical set
  • Desmond Is Amazing (teen LGBTQ+ advocate / influencer - https://www.desmondisamazing.com) reading from their book "Be Amazing: A History of Pride"
  • Story times led by a collaboration of our local libraries - The Rye Free Reading Room, The Harrison Public Library and The Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
  • Readings by students from poets featured in the Rye Poetry Path
  • Excerpt from the one person musical "Jackson Crash" which is beginning performed in NYC and The Loft this June and is directed by Blind Brook's GSA Advisor and theater veteran Allie Dakers

**Calling all volunteers!**

We need students and community members to help make these wonderful events run smoothly.

Visit pryede.com/our-projects for details and to register.