Parade + AfterParty Scheduled For Saturday Are On Hold Until Further Notice
Due to the recent rapid rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the decision was made for the safety of the community, and city to postpone the 2021 Austin Pride Parade. The organization announced today that, “it is with an unimaginably heavy heart that we have to announce our Parade and street party, scheduled for this Saturday, are postponed for an indeterminate time”.
The Parade, which usually takes place in August, was planned for months. However, the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area have led to another hiatus of in-person gatherings, almost as soon as they returned. The organization states that in order to survive, and thrive, they will be working towards a path forward with sponsors, participants, partners and community stakeholders.
“Pride organizations across the nation are suffering the same heavy blows. But we are determined to stand strong. You are too important… Pride is too important to allow ourselves to be defeated. If we come together as a community, we can find a way to thrive.” – Micah Andress
Austin Pride emphasizes that the way forward as an organization, and community is by working together, “there is only one way out of this, and that is together. Please, #getvaccinated, #maskup, #socialdistance until we get this in check again. The virus may have won another battle, but it will not win this war”. The organization states that details for new plans will be released as they arise.