Mayor Moran expressed joy in joining forces with Reading Pride and the LGBTQ+ community to host the first-ever “Pride March and Rally” in the City of Reading on June 3rd, 2023.
As many people know, Reading Pride’s annual festival has outgrown its long-time home in Centre Park and relocated to a venue outside the City. Mayor Moran expressed disappointment in their move but also pride in the organization’s success. “Reading Pride made a commitment to myself, City Council, and the community not to forget their original home, and they have certainly stayed true to their word. The organization has evolved to become more than the most significant LGBTQ+ Pride festival in the area but is now making history by bringing the inaugural “Pride March & Rally” to the City of Reading.”
Reflecting on the importance of unity, Mayor Moran shared, “I always say we are each other’s neighbors, and this march makes that statement more relevant than ever. As Mayor, one of the most rewarding aspects of this job is having the opportunity to celebrate the diversity in our wonderful city. The LGBTQ+ community is among the most diverse communities in the world, with members of every race, gender, nationality, religion, and political affiliation, just to name a few. For the past 16 years, Reading Pride Celebration has been at the forefront of championing this diversity and fostering inclusivity.”
This inaugural event aims to stand against the attacks on the trans, BIPOC, and drag communities across the country while fostering unity within the local community. “I express gratitude for the opportunity to partner with Reading Pride in this march and rally, acknowledging the organization’s dedication to celebrating and supporting one another,” said Mayor Moran. “It is my hope that the community will join us in making history at the first Pride march and come together with LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to celebrate and embrace the diversity within us all.” Mayor Moran continued, “We have witnessed the incredible celebrations at their festivals, and I look forward to seeing what they have in store on June 3rd. As always, we are each other’s neighbors, and I am proud to be yours. I hope to see you there.”
The Pride March & Rally is set to take place on June 3rd, beginning at 10 am with a flag raising at City Hall, 815 Washington Street, and continues with a march to City Park to celebrate with a picnic that will include an array of performances and speeches.
For more information about the Pride March & Rally and other related events, please visit: http://www.readingpridecelebration.org/calendar/2023/6/3/1st-reading-pride-march-and-rally