Organizers have postponed the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade and Festival until the fall because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
The annual event, attended by tens of thousands, was planned to take place June 19-21, but the parade and some of the festivities surrounding it will now happen Oct. 3, Stonewall executive director AJ Casey said in a release.
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Casey said the organization had lengthy discussions with city and state agencies to determine that date, which is an Ohio State football bye weekend, to ensure a safe event for all attendees.
Casey continued that Stonewall is still evaluating options for hosting some events in June — when the nation’s Pride Month is celebrated — whether in-person or virtually.
Stonewall plans to provide regular updates to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.