MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Pride Week will conclude this weekend with a trio of events sponsored by North Jersey Pride, the nonprofit organization dedicated to “promoting equality, awareness, and understanding in the upper Garden State.”
“We produce an inspiring and fun-filled week of Pride events for the LGBTQ community and supportive allies in the Garden State,” said C.J. Prince, executive director of North Jersey Pride in a prepared statement. “But we are more than a great party. After the tents come down and the last band plays, we want the crowd to take all that energy and enthusiasm and feel empowered to go out and make real change.”
Friday, June 7: Story Slam with Studio B: “Coming Out”
Bring your best five-minute tale of any coming out. Gay? Debutante? Undercover agent? All secrets revealed. We will choose 10 names out of a hat to read. Or just come to listen and soak up the cultural vibe. 8 p.m., Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood.
Saturday, June 7: The 2013 Dance for Equality
Eat, drink and dance the night away at this magical New York nightclub-themed evening. Award-winning DJ Steve Sidewalk will spin all night long. Fabulous silent auction includes an Atlantic City getaway, Cartier jewelry, exclusive artwork, tix to Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, David Letterman, and Cyndi Lauper’s latest concert—plus a meet-and-greet with Lauper herself. 7 p.m., The Maplewood Club, 489 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood.
Sunday, June 9: The 2013 North Jersey Pride Festival
The Pride Festival includes a full afternoon of entertainment that brings together LGBTQ people and straight allies from all over the Garden State to celebrate diversity and promote equality. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will kick off the festivities at noon. Memorial Park Amphitheater, 124 Dunnell Road, Memorial Park, Maplewood.