Cazenovia readies for Pride Fest weekend, events

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CAZENOVIA — Cazenovia’s  second annual Pride Fest, titled “All in This Together!” will take place this weekend with events Thursday through Sunday.

Cazenovia Pride Fest is coordinated by residents Travis Barr — the Caz Pride committee’s only LGBTQ member — and allies Meg Tobin, Alison Boissonnas, Lori Lewis, Tammy Tanner, and Kate Schwartz.

The committee thanked Cazenovia Village Chief of Police Michael Hayes for his help making Pride Fest safe and secure.

Last year’s theme was “Everyone is Welcome Here.”

Barr commented, “Something that really makes me super prideful about Cazenovia Pride specifically is that it’s about all of us, everyone coming together, all colors of the rainbow flag, and just supporting and showing love and positivity. All people are welcome.”

Caz Pride sponsored events are as follows:

Thursday, June 16

Drag Bingo at Meier’s Creek Brewing Company, hosted by Drag Queen Superstar Anita Buffem — This event is sold out, but another date has been added on Thursday, July 14.. Win free beverages and a grand prize Meier’s Creek package.

All funds go towards Cazenovia Pride. PG-13. $6 tickets can be purchased at: hgreysupplyco.com.

Friday, June 17

6:30 p.m. — Kick off Pride weekend at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20, with DJ SugarBear.

Saturday, June 18

Noon. — Pride March on Main Street. The public is invited to walk in the parade. Line up by 11:30 a.m. behind the public library.

The march will lead into Lakeland Park where other festivities will take place. DJ Amanda of We Heart CNY will be playing at the pavillion from noon to 1 p.m.

Food trucks, community organizations, and crafty vendors will be available.

1 p.m. “Welcome” - Bishop Dede Duncan-Probe. Hostess and Drag Queen Anita Buffem kicks off performances.

1:30 p.m. Vonzella McQueen speaks on Juneteenth, followed by performances.

2:20 p.m. Cazenovia Community Fitness Zumba! With Vira.

2:45 p.m. David Lowenstein.

3 p.m. Presentation of The Amy Bradstreet Ally Award, followed by performances.

Sunday, June 19

”All in This Together” Family Brunch at Pewter Spoon Cafe (opens at 8 a.m.) and Loka Leaf Tea Lounge (opens at 11 a.m.)

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In addition to these activities sponsored by Cazenovia Pride, the Brae Loch Inn will host an Absolut Vodka-sponsored event on Saturday starting at noon on the venue lawn, with pride-themed drink samples.

On Friday, June 17, at 4:30 p.m., Reading with Purpose will take place at Purpose Coffee Co. Join the brew crew as they kick off Cazenovia Pride Fest with children’s stories read at 4:30 and 5 p.m. Free drinks, treats, and activities for the kids will be available.

Event is free and everyone is welcome.

Caz Pride shirts are available for purchase at H. Grey Supply Co., located at 53 Albany St. in Cazenovia.

Other pride-themed products are available for purchase to support the Cazenovia Pride committee.

A free public parking lot is available behind the Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany St.

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