Aurora, Buffalo Grove Prides pushed back to 2021

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BUFFALO GROVE — Aurora and Buffalo Grove became the latest cities to postpone Pride on Wednesday.

Both Prides and are being postponed because of coronavirus concerns.

“After careful consideration, and in an abundance of caution, the Pinta family, with insanely heavy hearts, has made the decision to postpone the 2nd Annual Buffalo Grove Pride Parade to June 6, 2021,” Carolyn Heyman Pinta said on the BG Pride Facebook group. “We are doing so in solidarity with Aurora Pride, the sister group that has been our ally from the start of this mission.”

Aurora Pride made a similar announcement on their Facebook page.

“After careful consideration, and in an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to postpone the 3rd Annual Aurora Pride Parade to June 13th, 2021,” the organization said.

“The mission of Aurora Pride, and the purpose behind the Aurora Pride Parade, is to support and embrace LGBTQ Aurorans and our allies. This mission has not changed, but the inexorable mathematics of COVID-19 makes a large public celebration dangerous. For the past two years, keeping you safe has meant cooperation with, and hard work from, the Aurora Police department, the City of Aurora, and our volunteers, along with an abundance of sunscreen and bottled water.

“For the first time, that’s not enough.”

Donations, parade fees and sponsorships will be applied to next year if wanted. Also, the Prides are offering refunds on donations made in support of the events. If you need to get a refund from Aurora Pride, fill out their donation refund form. For Buffalo Grove Pride, email thepintaprideproject@gmail.com.

In lieu of parades, both communities are planning some way of marking Pride month and encourage people to reach out to see how they can help.

If you were still planning to donate to either pride, they have asked for donations be instead given to Youth Outlook, 360 Youth Services, Hesed House, or the American Red Cross.

The communities are just the latest to cancel or postpone 2020 Pride celebrations. Springfield Pridefest in the state capital was cancelled on March 26 and Mokena Pride Fest was cancelled in the middle of March. Elgin has postponed their Pride to 2021 as well.

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