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“Together Again”

2022 CNY Pride Festival & Parade

What: CNY Pride Pride Festival and Parade

When/Where: June 25, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Inner Harbor, Syracuse, NY. Festival is open from noon - 5 p.m. Parade takes place 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

Entrance Free: $0 [Food, Beverages, and Vendor Goods available for purchase.]

Info: CNYPride or 


CNY Pride Co-Presidents’ Statement


CNY Pride is honored to host this free family-friendly outdoor parade and festival, returning in person for the first time since 2019 with the theme of “Together Again.” Pride is an invitation to celebrate and learn about the CNY LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. These events provide visibility to our greater LGBTQIA+ community, especially our youth, offering proof that it is possible to live a happy, healthy, and meaningful life here in Central New York. Pride gatherings are critical to ensure the safety, legacy, and future of the LGBTQIA+ community.


“It is a privilege to organize these events in the name of love for every person under the LGBTQIA+ rainbow. We invite the public to join us in this beautiful act of our community coming together again. Pride is an invitation to celebrate love for yourself, other people, and the resiliency, creativity, and vibrance of our community and supporters,” said CNY Co-Presidents Jess Posner (she/they) and Koy Adams (he/they). 


DETAILS: We’re Back! CNY Pride is pleased to announce the 2022 CNY Pride Festival and Parade. 


The CNY Pride Festival will take place on Saturday June 25, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse, NY. Entrance and entertainment are completely FREE, thanks to our sponsors and donors. Food, water and other beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 21 with ID to purchase alcohol. 


The CNY Pride Parade: At 11 a.m., led by Parade Grand Marshal Tyler Johnson, the parade will depart from the Destiny USA parking lot and proceed down Solar Street. At the corner of Solar and West Kirkpatrick Street, the parade will turn onto West Kirkpatrick Street and head towards the CNY Pride festival grounds at the Inner Harbor.

The CNY Pride Festival: At 12 noon, the Inner Harbor will welcome celebrants to purchase food, drinks, shop with over 80 vendors, including Blackcuse Pride’s Soul of Pride vendors, and watch an incredible lineup of performers. In the YMCA Family Fun Area there will be a variety of activities for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the Family area. 


Getting there: More information about parking, wellness, and COVID-19 policies are available on our website,


Safety: Prepare for heat. Please stay home if you are feeling ill. Covid-19 is still with us. For the safety of all, please watch the parade from the sidewalk. Do not throw items at parade participants. Leave weapons at home, and refrain from smoking near other people, especially children. Do your best to respect other people's personal space. CNY Pride stands for consensual behavior. 


Entertainment begins at 12 noon at the The Main Stage, sponsored by Amazon. 

  • At 1 p.m. The Community Arts Showcase will feature performances by Lux (Aerialist), Brown Sugah (Drag), Jill Parker & Celestial Bodies (Tribal Fusion Belly Dance), Yvoni Amor (Dance/Femme Queen), Electra Qute (Drag), Dolores (Jazz Dancer), Rhea Listic (Drag), Sugar Hoops (Flow Artist), and Sparkle Royale (Drag). Opening performance by Emcee Frita Lay.

  • At 2:30 p.m. The Premier Showcase will feature performances by Aria Vee (Drag), Miranda Moirai (Drag), Tee Sparks (Drag), Lisa Price (Dance), Fallon Angel (Drag), Electra Qute (Drag), Deviant Dance Tribe (Dance), Jack Vanity (Drag), Jill Parker & Celestial Bodies (Tribal Fusion Belly Dance), Sugar Hoops (Aerialist), and Benjamin Berry (Flow Artist). Opening performance by Emcee Samantha Vega. 

  • At 4 p.m. CirqOvation, founded by Heather “Sora Sol” Iriye and “Joshua J. Superstar” Edelman

  • DJ Shaykey will play music before, after, and between showcases and headliner performances. 


Family Fun Area: The YMCA of Central New York Family Fun Area with the Onondaga County Children’s Library, and Rosamond Gifford Zoo will offer face painting, make your own jewelry, trivia, a FREE inclusive children’s book give-away, Pride Story Time readings at 12:30 and 3:30, and so much more!


Finally, we are so grateful to all of our sponsors and partners for 2022!

THANK YOU. This festival wouldn’t happen without support from the following: American Rescue Plan, Central New York Community Foundation, Equitable, Amazon, YMCA of Central New York, with The Gifford Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Allyn Family Foundation, Excellus, UMR, National Grid, Onondaga County Libraries, Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, One Group, 93Q, 95X, 1911, TCG Player, Syracuse Mets, DOT, Wunderbar, Chobani, Spectrum and many more. 

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