Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LOTS of volunteer opportunities!

Want to help us plan the 6th annual Hudson Pride Parade?Want to help create Parade Trophies?


The next Parade Planning meeting will be on Saturday, April 25th at 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce bldg. 1 North Front St. in Hudson. Bring a friend. We'll have coffee!

Another Parade Planning meeting will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30pm at the Chamber of Commerce bldg. 1 North Front St. in Hudson.

We'll be making TROPHIES on Tuesday, May 5th at 6pm in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren St. in Hudson. No creative ability is required!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Little Apple" ad-space - DEADLINE for ads is 4/1/15 - ACT NOW!

Don't be left out of the 2015 HPF Little Apple Guidebook! 

PURCHASE your ad-space TODAY.

Deadline for artwork and payment is Wednesday, April 1

Click HERE to see last year's Little Apple Guidebook

Click HERE to PURCHASE 2015 Little Apple Guidebook ad-space

Click HERE for RateCard information and ad specs

Your support and participation in the Little Apple Guidebook provide much needed funds to help HPF finance the annual Pride Weekend as well as scholarships and various events throughout the year.

The Hudson Pride Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. 

Our tax ID # is 27-3319863.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Clinton Vineyards helps make Pride Season Kick-off Party a great success!

Every March, we shake off the winter doldrums and get ready for Pride Season with our annual HPF Pride Season Kick-off Party and Fundraiser event.

On Saturday, March 7, we were fortunate to be able to have it at Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren St. in Hudson. Our hosts, Gerard and Kiyoshi, were amazingly gracious. We had solid turnout and began selling ad space in the 2015 Little Apple Guidebook.

Our longtime supporters and friends from Clinton Vineyards were there to keep the wine flowing. They gave us a nice shout-out as well! 

Thank you, Jay & Phyllis! We love you AND your delicious wine!

Clinton Vineyards bartenders Ron Boccadoro and Nick Ganey kept the wine flowing to the delight of attendees.

Two raffle winners received a bottle of our award-winning Clinton Vineyards Cassis black currant dessert wine. The lucky recipients were Pam Grande of Hudson River Tattoo and Harry Laughlin, board member-treasurer, the Hudson Pride Foundation.

Martha Harvey (center), executive director of Hudson Pride Foundation, thanks the evening’s hosts, Concepto Hudson director Gerard Sclafani (left) and curator Kiyoshi Ike.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A video by David McDonald - Hudson Pride Parade 2014

Here is a wonderful video that our friend David McDonald did last year! This should start to get everyone in the mood for the 2015 Hudson Pride Parade, which will be Saturday, June 20 at 2pm in Hudson, NY!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Check out Sally's new look for 2015!!!!

Thank you, Lizzy Wining! You did an amazing job on her! xoxo

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pride Parade Trophies Workshop!!

We've reserved a workroom at the Presbyterian Church for two Tuesdays (the first and the third..) each month to work on creating some wonderful, flashy, splashy, funny and spectacular trophies to give as prizes in a VAST variety of categories to float participants this year. 

How many months it takes depends on how many people show up, what materials we have on hand, and the energy we have on these cold winter nights...(yes, spring is only about a month away).

The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd.  We'll be there from 6 until 8.  A lot of magic can happen in two hours!  I have several boxes of materials, fabrics, Barbies, Kens, broken jewelry, toy trucks, and lots of trims. 

If you have anything weird and wonderful that would look great as a trophy, please bring it along! 

AND - if you can please bring HOT GLUE GUNS AND GLUE STICKS (I have a few, but each person may need one to hot glue what we can't tie down.  Hot glue, along with duck tape (or duct tape, whatever), should be a staple in your survival tool box (right next to the gas mask and beef jerky)

Please bring some water, juice, or other snacks, too.  We'll bring a few simple treats, but we don't want anyone to pass out from hunger or dehydration.

RSVP so we know how many to prepare for on the first night.  There should be parking available in the municipal lot next door to the church.

Come with ideas and enthusiasm - as we create some magnificent masterpieces for "Loud and Proud"!!

Peter and Carol

RSVP to Carol @

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hudson Pride Weekend #6 - the time to start planning has arrived!

#It's a cold, wintry January morning, and we're dreaming of June! The 3rd weekend in June, to be exact.  June 19 - 21 will be Hudson Pride's 6th annual pride weekend, and the planning has already started.

This year's theme: LOUD and PROUD!  It's going to be the loudest and proudest celebration of love and diversity that this little upstate town has ever seen, and we want YOU to be a part of it. Lots to do lots to do, lots to do. Get involved, be a part of it, lend a hand, give a dollar. It's good for the soul and we can't do it without you.

The next parade planning meeting is Thursday, February 12 @ 6:30pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce bldg. on North Front Street in Hudson. 

Check back here often for updates.


Monday, June 23, 2014


The entire Hudson Pride Foundation board and the whole Hudson Pride family thanks each and every one of you who came out this weekend in celebration of Hudson Pride #5!

It was a perfect weekend. The weather was perfect, the marchers were perfect, the crowds of spectators were perfect, the festival was perfect, the performers were perfect, it was all just perfect!

Much love, much thanks, so proud.

Mark your calendars: June 20th, 2015!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

2014 HUDSON PRIDE WEEKEND - Official Kick-off Boat Cruises are in the Books!

Cruises kick off Pride Weekend

By Adam Clayton Columbia-Greene Media | Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:30 am
Rainbow flags adorning city shops and residences, and a boat cruise sailing away amid a cacophony of disco music can only mean one thing: Pride Weekend 2014 has officially begun in Hudson.
“There was just so much work, especially this week. It’s hard to believe the weekend is finally here,” said Tiffany Martin Hamilton, a member of the Hudson Pride Foundation, the organization that puts together Pride Weekend. “We finally get to start enjoying the weekend,” Hamilton said as she boarded the first cruise ship Friday evening.
Holly Northrop, vice president of the foundation; Rich Volo, its president; and Martha Harvey, the foundation’s executive director were on hand at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park’s boat launch to check in cruise guests.
The line of guests was a sea of glitter and high heels.
“We sold out of tickets for both cruises,” Harvey said. “The first few years, we sold out entirely, as well, but the last two years we used bigger boats. It’s a trade-off: With a bigger boat if we don’t get enough passengers, we may not recoup the money we put out for the boat, whereas using a smaller boat, like this year, we have to turn people away when we sell-out tickets.”
Tiffany Garriga, Alderwoman D-2nd Ward, was one of a few residents hoping there would be no-shows and tickets might be available. She and others were out of luck, however, as all of the registered guests showed up for the cruise.
The Sunset Cruise, which Harvey said is half dance party, half boat trip with a “flowing cash bar,” took off at 7 p.m. and was slated to dock back at the boat launch at 9 p.m. It was sponsored by Clinton Vineyards and featured a performance by Keira McGill with music by DJ Retts.
Food on the Sunset Cruise was provided by the Paul & Clara Kellner Cafe at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
The Moonlit Cruise: Bears Overboard followed the first cruise Friday night and was slated to run from 9 to 11 p.m.
The Moonlit Cruise was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bears and Bear Albany and featured a performance by Beardonna and music by DJs Prephab. Food for the second cruise was provided by Park Falafel.
After the second cruise, Volo’s drag queen alter-ego Trixie Starr was set to host a party, Trixie’s Whorehouse, at the Half Moon bar on Front Street.
“All this fun is just a precursor, of course, to the parade on Saturday,” Harvey said.
The parade will line up Saturday starting at noon on Seventh Street between Warren and Washington streets, and around the four sides of Seventh Street Park. The parade will step off at 2 p.m., following Warren Street to Front Street, and turning left to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
The parade, currently in its fifth year, is expected to have more than 50 floats and more than 500 volunteers working to make it happen.

Friday, June 20, 2014

After the Boat Cruise, Head to the Half Moon!


Friday 6/20 
10pm to 2am - after the boat cruises
come to the

Half Moon



performances by:
                                                                  Girlgantua Jones
                                                                     Lady Couture 
                                                                    Merrie Cherrie

Merrie Cherrie