2020 New Orleans Pride Festival canceled because of COVID-19 concerns

The 2020 New Orleans Pride Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Organizers for the annual event announced on Monday the event will take place in 2021, similar to recent decisions by other large-scale festivals like Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest and Essence Fest.

(Source: Ancheta, Dillon)

“The priority for New Orleans Pride is the health and safety of our attendees. We have been closely monitoring the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and working with public health agencies and our partners in the City of New Orleans to stay abreast of what changes are happening,” the festival’s board of directors said in a release.

It is with great sadness that we cancel New Orleans Pride 2020. After many conversations with the Mayor's Office, we have come to this difficult decision. #pride #neworleanspride #strongertogether

Posted by New Orleans Pride on Monday, April 20, 2020

According to the festival’s board of directors, the 2021 festival will now take place June 11 to June 13. Initially, organizers looked at postponing the event to August, but the decision to cancel came after many conversations with the Mayor’s office.

All event tickets, vendor registration fees and parade registration fees will be refunded.

New Orleans Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ+ festivals in New Orleans and draws more than 90,000 people to the annual festival and parade. The annual event was set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the theme “New Orleans Pride: 10 Years and Beyond.”

For more information about the New Orleans Pride Festival, visit the website.