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COOPERSTOWN PRIDE WEEKEND

Written By Editor on 5/17/23 | 5/17/23

Cooperstown’s First LGBTQ+ Pride Weekend 

To Take Place June 1-4, 2023 

COOPERSTOWN, NY (MAY 11, 2023) - June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ self-identity,  inclusivity, and equality. To celebrate, local businesses have partnered with Otsego Pride Alliance to present Cooperstown’s first ever Pride Weekend. Celebrating what makes Cooperstown unique,  Cooperstown Pride Weekend is a way to gather the entire community to promote equality and  celebrate diversity. The festivities will start Thursday morning, June 1 and will continue through  Sunday, June 4, 2023.  

COOPERSTOWN PRIDE WEEKEND SCHEDULE:  

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 

8:30 AM  

COOPERSTOWN PRIDE FLAG RAISING  

VILLAGE HALL - 22 MAIN ST, COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326 

Cooperstown will celebrate Pride Month with the raising of the Pride flag at the Village Hall on  Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 AM. Former Cooperstown Trustee MacGuire Benton will be in attendance  to kick-off the first ever Cooperstown Pride Weekend with a special performance by students from the  Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance organization. Complimentary hot chocolate and  coffee will be provided by Stagecoach Coffee. Be sure to join us at Mel’s at 22 for dinner as they will  be donating a portion of their sales that evening to the Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance  organization.  

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 

7 PM – 10 PM 

FIRE PIT FRIDAY: PRIDE CELEBRATION 

BREWERY OMMEGANG - 656 CO HWY 33, COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326 

We’re kicking-off Cooperstown Pride Weekend with a bang! On Friday, June 2, 2023, Ommegang  will be presenting a special Fire Pit Friday celebrating Pride Month. The all-ages event will feature  drinks, food and a bonfire! The evening will also include a special welcome address by Cooperstown’s Mayor, Ellen Tillapaugh, a live DJ-set by DJ TRUMASTR and a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Hanna Majestic, John Webb, Nelson Mondaca, Weinert's Elk Creek Farm and  the Landmark Inn. Local businesses will be onsite selling special Cooperstown Pride Weekend merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Cooperstown Central School’s Identity  Alliance organization. Free to attend, beer and food will be available for purchase with a portion of the  proceeds from Neon Rainbows sales that evening donated to Otsego Pride Alliance.  

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 

2 PM – 8 PM 

PRIDEFEST: BLOCK PARTY 

MAIN STREET IN ONEONTA, NY 

Presented by Otsego Pride Alliance, this year’s Pridefest will kick-off with a parade starting at the  Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center leading up to a special Block Party on Main Street in  Oneonta! Join us for live music, family friendly drag shows, kid’s activities, vendors, speakers, yoga,  community resources and much more! To see the full schedule of events, visit  www.otsegopridealliance.org/pridefest-2023/ 


SUNDAY, JUNE 4 

Noon – 3 PM 

FAMILY PRIDE DAY 

BARNYARD SWING - 4604 NY-28, MILFORD, NY 13807 

The Landmark Inn partners with Barnyard Swing to present Family Pride Day. The fun-filled event will  include family friendly activates such as face painting, spin art, fossil safari, miniature golf, music by  DJ Raphael, a special appearance by Rapunzel and much more. Hot dogs and beverages will also  be available for purchase. Be sure to come dressed in your favorite rainbow colors and receive a free  soft serve ice cream. The Susquehanna SPCA will be in attendance with pets available for adoption.  A portion of the proceeds from Family Pride Day will be donated to the Cooperstown Central School’s  Identity Alliance organization.  

To learn more about Cooperstown Pride Weekend visit www.otsegopridealliance.org 

About Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance 

The Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance mission is to provide a more inclusive and  celebratory environment for our LGBTQ+ community, allies, and all students. Every student deserves  to be seen and celebrated for the unique that is their life. Identity Alliance’s goals and objectives for  extracurricular is to maintain a safe space for all students to express themselves and realize that their  identities are valid and should be celebrated. Creating clear expectations that students have rights to  take up space in our school community and beyond. To understand their voice and rights while being  affirmed in their journey of identity. We will create space where students have a network of safe  adults and peers, a place to find and secure needed resources and tools as they navigate their way. 

About Otsego Pride Alliance 

The mission of Otsego Pride Alliance is to support, raise awareness, and create understanding of the  LGBTQIA+ community and its needs in the Otsego County area. We work to foster open mindedness and the creation of safe places for members of the community, allies, friends, and family  to express themselves freely. By recognizing the full spectrum of sexual orientation and gender  identity we seek to promote an environment in which all feel welcome. To these ends we engage in  community outreach, activism, and other activities including an annual Pridefest. www.otsegopridealliance.org 



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