Montclair, NJ – Out Montclair, a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization established in 2021 to provide community, support, and solidarity for LGBTQ+ people, announced a date and preliminary details for the first-ever Montclair Pride on June 11, 2022.
Out Montclair announced that the inaugural Montclair Pride festival will raise awareness and strengthen ties in the community and among all LGBTQ+ people and allies in the region, and provide a day filled with art, culture, food, music and live performances to uplift LGBTQ+ people, issues and history.
Out Montclair will also host local talent, special guests, and celebrities as Montclair Pride is showcased across the town’s many renowned institutions and businesses.
“Montclair has long been known as a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people, where diversity is embraced and our community is drawn together,” said Peter Yacobellis, Out Montclair Founder and President. “Montclair Pride will be the first time Montclair hosts a formal pride celebration to lift up those values in a joyful way and with a renewed resolve to be a home where all LGBTQ+ people can always be themselves and truly belong. Our first-ever Pride festival will represent many of the amazing assets our community is rightly proud of,” added Yacobellis, who is also Montclair’s first openly LGBTQ+ elected official.
The outpouring of enthusiasm and sold-out engagement that greeted the creation of Out Montclair in June 2021 set the stage for this historic event. Details to come on keynote speakers, performers, and venues, where Pride will be incorporated and elevated across Montclair institutions and landmarks.
Additional events are being planned leading up to Montclair Pride, including Out Montclair’s partnership with Montclair Film and the Montclair Film Festival in October 2021. Residents and business owners can learn how they can be contributors for the inaugural Montclair Pride festival and surrounding celebrations at outmontclair.org.