River City Pride in Evansville, Ind., announced on Friday, Sept. 3, that they were cancelling their in-person Pride for this year. But they are still planning to have Pride celebrations.
The organization said it made the decision after considering COVID-19 concerns.
“It is our heartbroken responsibility to announce the cancellation of our in-person Festival & Parade on October 23,” said River City Pride President Don Hoffner in a Facebook post. “Our board has consulted with local health officials, and due to the rise and seriousness of the COVID-19 variants, it is very clear that proceeding with an event that would gather so many people in one place would not be in the best interest of our community. Safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority.
“The LGBTQIA+ community is disproportionately impacted by immunocompromising conditions that make it even more clear that it is our duty to protect our attendees, volunteers, and team. As your Pride organization, we are charged with pursuing the greater good, no matter how difficult the decision.”
However, a couple days later RCP announced Spooky Pride, a virtual event to be broadcast on Facebook Live. Follow the Facebook event page for the latest updates.