No parade, but Franklin County Pride finds ways to celebrate 

  • Participants in the 2018 Franklin County Pride March and Rally gather at Energy Park in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Participants in the 2018 Franklin County Pride March and Rally make their way down Federal Street in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Participants in the 2018 Franklin County Pride March and Rally make their way down Federal Street in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 6/25/2020 4:43:46 PM

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Pride’s annual Pride parade may have been canceled this year, but the spirit of it marches on.

After the live premiere Saturday afternoon of a video compilation put together by Franklin County Pride, residents of the county will be asked to step outside and make some noise.

“One of the important parts of Pride is showing folks that our community is here; we are part of Franklin County,” said Franklin County Pride member Sara Pilzer, 36, of Greenfield. “And there’s this phrase: ‘We’re here, we’re queer.’ Let’s be loud about it.”

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on June 27, the original date and time of what would have been Franklin County Pride’s fourth annual Pride March. The march was canceled in April out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shortly after the parade was canceled, Franklin County Pride began brainstorming alternative ways to honor the spirit of Pride.

The organization was inspired by Noho Pride’s “Virtual Pride Parade: Pride Through Your Lens,” a crowdsourced video collage of people responding to how they celebrate Pride, according to Pilzer. Inspired by that approach, she said Franklin County Pride began collecting video submissions of a similar nature from the Franklin County community.

“We sort of took their lead on that and made it our own,” Pilzer said.

Franklin County Pride reached out to sponsors, vendors and performers from previous parades, and posted about it on its Facebook page.

For the submissions, people were asked to respond to a selection of prompts about Pride and to share a message of resilience with the community.

At the conclusion of the video, which will stream live on the Franklin County Pride YouTube channel, tinyurl.com/2020FCPride, viewers will be reminded to step outside, ring a bell, clang some pots and pans, sing a favorite song or make some sort of collective noise.

“Normally, we’d all be getting together and having a big party and loud music, but we can’t be together,” Pilzer said. “So we thought, let’s just put something out there in the world all at the same time and say, “Here we are.’”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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