The world is about to kick things into high gear for Pride season and, for the first time in 50 years, it won't be in person. As a result of the ongoing pandemic large-scale queer events are going online, and now New York City Pride has announced its plans.
Airing on WABC Channel 7 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on June 28th, this year's event will boast Dan Levy, The Ali Forney Center, Yanzi Peng, and Victoria Cruz as Grand Marshals.
“The NYC Pride March is such a pillar of our community and I am incredibly honored to be recognized alongside the other Grand Marshals on its 50th anniversary,” Schitt's Creek creator Dan Levy said in a release. “While the physical circumstances are less than ideal, our community has always come together in the face of adversity, and this year’s broadcast is no exception. I am so inspired by the opportunity we’ve been given to celebrate together.”
The broadcast will also boast Carson Kressley as a special guest co-host alongside WABC talent. Wilson Cruz, Margaret Cho and Miss Richfield 1981 are all set to make appearances will Janelle Monáe, Billy Porter, Luisa Sonza, and Deborah Cox. Monáe had initially been tapped to headline Pride Island at this year's Pride.
"NYC Pride is a special place for so many. I couldn't imagine a year without celebrating with the fabulous LBGTQ people in New York," Kressley said. "When I was asked to join this special broadcast event with my friends at WABC it was a no brainer. Pride is something we carry with us all year long, and though we can't be together in the way we are accustomed I'm grateful to be a part of it in this way."