BAYONNE, NJ - Unable to hold the LGBTQ flag raising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayonne city officials, with the help of the Urban Enterprise Zone and workers from the Department of Public Works, have decorated a portion of Broadway with rainbow flags.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in New York City, a year after the Stonewall Inn uprising. While Bayonne took a while to catch up with the trend, holding its first flag raising in 2018, city officials have since made it an annual event.

“We don’t know when we will hold the flag raising,” said Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, speculating that it may still happen in coordination with the Hudson Pride Center and be tied to the Pride Festival in Jersey City which is traditionally held in August.

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“Since we could not have the flag raising during Pride Month, we decided we need to do something,” she said. “So, we have the rainbow flag on polls underneath the American flag.”

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