Friday, June 19, 2015

Hudson Pride wins Best Community Event Summer 2015

Hudson Pride just won Columbia County's Best Community Event Summer.
The event was organized and sponsored by the Register-Star, Chatham Courier and the chamber. Newspaper readers and chamber members voted for their favorite businesses online and by ballot in 90 categories of including the best of community, night life, arts and culture, shopping, food and drink and services.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WOW! LOOK AT THIS LINE UP!


Don't miss the 6th Annual Hudson Pride Parade!

Look at what's coming down Warren St.  June 20th at 2pm...

bigger, better, louder, and prouder than ever!!

SECTION A:
TYKES ON TRIKES (BRIGHT TYKES EARLY LEARNING CENTER  & LOCAL FAMILIES)
RAINBOW ARCH (STUDENTS FROM COLUMBIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS)
PATRIOT BRASS
GRAND MARSHALS - KIM AND TIQ MILAN
TRIXIE
MOMS FOR EQUALITY 
FAMILIES FOR EQUALITY 
HUDSON PRIDE RAINBOW FLAG & TRUMPET BRIGADE
HUDSON COMMON COUNCIL, COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, & other ELECTED OFFICIALS
MAYOR HALLENBECK w/ UNITED WAY OF COLUMBIA & GREENE COUNTIES
ASSEMBLYPERSON DIDI BARRETT
XTREME ALLSTARZ
HUDSON MOOSE LODGE
QUEEN OF HUDSON PRIDE
TD BANK
KOOL AID HIP HOP DANCERS
ALLIANCE FOR POSITIVE HEALTH
CHATHAM UNICYCLE CLUB

SECTION B:
BERL’S HOTSIETOTSIE KLEZMER ORKESTER
WILD ROSES BELLY DANCE TROUPE
SPINSTRESS VANESSA & HER HOOPERS
MICHAEL KRIEGER
LOU BLASINGAME AND DON FRIDAY
YOUNG PARIS
CLUB HELSINKI
STRAIGHT NOT NARROW
ROSENDALE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BRASS BAND & SOCIAL CLUB
THE COLUMBIA COUNTY DEMOCRATS

SECTION C:
PIPE BAND OF GREENE
COLUMBIA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
THE BIRDMAN
CAMPHILL 
JAY NEUSCHATZ

SECTION D:
OLDIES 93.5
GOSSIPS OF RIVERTOWN
BLACK LIVES MATTER
HUDSON RIVER TATTOO
SPOTTY DOG

SECTION E:
THE FIVE & DIAMOND RAINBOW GIRLS w/ PERFECT 10 AFTER SCHOOL
HUDSON FRIENDS MEETING
CRAZY FEET
LOTUS ENERGY
KUUMBA AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM
HUDSON FORWARD

SECTION F:
ETSY
RAINBOW DANCERS
WISE BODIES KNOW
WIGSTOCKERS
HOMO RADIO
RED DOT
SPOUT’s SIRENS & THE SWARTHY SEAMEN.
HAIRY SITUATION

SECTION G:
2NOTE PERFUMERY
OPEN CHRISTIANS
CURBSIDE CUTS MOBILE GROOMING
MARKSMEN DRUM & BUGLE CORPS
CHRIST CHURCH
UPPER HUDSON PLANNED PARENTHOOD
UPSTAGE PRODUCTIONS
HUDSON VALLEY BEARS
98.5 THE CAT
MISS SIXTH STREET
GINGER LINCOLN
HUDSON VALLEY DANCE FESTIVAL
THE DANCING CABOOSE

2015 HUDSON PRIDE PARADE - Saturday, June 20 @ 2pm - RAIN OR SHINE

PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR GROUP AND READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE


This year’s theme is LOUD and PROUD! Bring any kind of instruments or noisemakers and
let yourself be heard!

PARADE CHECK-IN and LINE-UP:
The parade lines up along 7th St. from Warren to State St. and around 4 sides of the 7th St. Park, starting at noon. (see map below) 
The leader of each group must check in at the Registration Tent at 7th and Columbia Sts. between 12:00 and 1:30 pm.

Each group will receive a Section Letter, indicating the block where you will line-up, and a Number, indicating your exact parade position. Feel free to wander about in the line-up area before the parade but please return to your Sections by 1:45pm.


The parade steps off promptly at 2 pm and follows Warren St. to Front St. and on to the Waterfront Park. The parade route is approximately 1 mile and lasts under an hour.  After the parade, the Pride Festival will continue until 6 pm at the Waterfront.


FLOATS AND PARADE VEHICLES:
Anyone driving a vehicle in the parade should first park in your assigned spot between 12:00 and 1:15 pm and then proceed to the Registration Tent to check-in. Know your Section Letter and Number before you arrive and bring your vehicle directly to the appropriate block (see map). 

There will be Parade Marshals on each block to direct you. If you would like to arrive before noon to decorate your parade vehicle on site, please use the Hudson City Centre lot at the corner of Greene and State Streets. 


Be aware that 7th St. will run one way south from State to Warren St.


A driver should remain with your vehicles at all times. Other members of your group are free to wander about, but everyone must return to your vehicle by 1:45pm. Move forward as cars in front of you advance. 


Marshals will direct you and help you cross intersections.
After the parade, Parking is provided for floats and oversize vehicles at the Riverfront Industrial Park (formerly L&B Building) (see map below).


REVIEWING STAND will be set up at Promenade Park at the foot of Warren Street. Your group will be announced and our Judges will be there to pick the Trophy winners. 

Be sure to give it your all for the Judges! Trophies will be presented at the Festival afterwards.


PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE:  Free parking is available (for Parade participants only!) behind the Hudson City Centre (1st Niagara Bank) at the corner of Greene and State Sts. 

No overnight parking is permitted. This lot is NOT open to the general public. There is public parking for spectators in the lots on Columbia St., between 3rd and 4th Sts., and between 5th and 6th Sts.



A free shuttle service runs continuously during the Festival between the Waterfront and the
Hudson City Centre Parking Lot, with stops on Warren St.


BATHROOMS:  Port-a-potties are available at the 7th St. Park for parade participants.

WATER  will be available for all parade participants at the Registration Tent. Stay hydrated, wear a hat and use sunblock.

PARADE GUIDELINES:
There are various forms of conveyance in the parade - floats, cars, dancers, walkers, bikers and toddlers - that all tend to move at different paces. The lead group will set the pace. Try not to allow long empty stretches to develop between groups, and always leave a comfortable distance between your group and the group ahead of you.
We encourage all participants to be celebratory while respecting the sensibilities of our diverse community. This includes appropriateness for all age groups. Good taste and good fun are the order of the day.

SIGNAGE: 
Spectators want to know who you are! Therefore, all groups must provide
identifying signage. Hudson Pride Foundation reserves the right to prohibit the display of any signs or products that, in our opinion, are not in keeping with the spirit of the event.

VEHICLES: 
All parade vehicles must be decorated, incorporate identifying signage, and
make a positive statement appropriate to the spirit of the event. Floats can be a maximum height of 12’, per city ordinances. Vehicles and floats must be pre-registered with the Parade Committee. Unregistered vehicles will not be permitted to enter the parade. 
All vehicles will have assigned line-up locations.
***DO NOT THROW any candy, confetti, or other items into the crowd. Nothing that may leave litter or debris of any kind is permitted. Items may be handed to spectators only.

ANIMALS: 
We recommend that you do not bring your pets to the parade. It is a long day
on hot asphalt. Although our pets are part of our families, it seems more loving to leave them at home, where they can be comfortable and secure.

SUGGESTED DONATION: 
The Hudson Pride Parade is a costly undertaking and your donation helps defray the cost of insurance, permits, decorations, etc. and makes this a better event. We suggest a small donation of $1 per participant (marchers and people on
floats or in vehicles), however, any donation is entirely optional.

Payment Options: Donations by cash or check can be made on parade day at the Registration Tent. Checks should be made payable to Hudson Pride Foundation and can also be mailed to PO Box 656, Hudson NY 12534. Credit Card Donations can be made online at:
http://www.hudsonpridefoundation.org/donate#.UukM5Hm9Qds

SAFETY: 
All participants will assume responsibility for the safety of their vehicles and
floats, and for the safety of float construction, riders, power units and tow linkages, as well as for the safety of the spectators and property along the parade route. 
The Hudson Pride Foundation will not be held responsible for any safety concerns, traffic violations, or cleanup and disposal. 

TRASH: 
You must clean up and dispose of any leftover decorations and all other trash.
Receptacles are provided at the 7th Street Park and at the Waterfront.
QUESTIONS on the day of the parade, call Peter at 917-748-4662.


THANK YOU for being part of the 6th Annual Hudson Pride Parade!




Monday, June 1, 2015

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

HOLY COW!
IT'S JUNE!
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYBODY!!
See you 19 days!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HUDSON PRIDE 2015 - FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT


For an unprecedented third time, grammy award-winner and social activist, Maya Azucena, has graciously agreed to headline the Pride Festival. 


Maya Azucena

Maya Azucena is an award-winning indie soul/rock star who travels the world inspiring through her songs. She has been featured in O Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, and countless other publications. She has performed at events with world-movers such as TEDxWomen; Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Every Woman, Every Child at the United Nations; and the One Billion Rising international campaign to end violence against women. Maya is the artist ambassador for BeadForLife, an NGO that enables women in Uganda to overcome extreme poverty, and an executive board member for CONNECT, an organization that supports families overcoming domestic violence.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drop By, Say Hi, Sign-up - This Saturday at the Hudson Farmers Market

HUDSON PRIDE will be at the Hudson Farmers Market this Saturday, May 23 from 9-1 at the Community Tent - 6th & Columbia.

This is a great opportunity to hear all about Pride Weekend that's just around the corner or maybe you are thinking about volunteering or even marching in the parade. You can sign-up right there!

Or just drop by & say "Hi"!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The 6th Annual Hudson Pride Parade......Don't let this one pass you by!!


The Hudson Pride Parade is June 20th…..just one month away!  This year's theme is “Loud and Proud”, and we’ll be filling Warren Street with every kind of joyful noise.  Great music, amazing performers and some spectacular new floats are coming!  Want to be a part of it?  Register online by June 1st!!

http://www.hudsonpridefoundation.org/hudson-pride-parade-entry-form


Monday, May 11, 2015

6 weeks out!!

The next to last parade planning meeting happening this Thursday, May 14 @ 6:30pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front St. Hudson. 

It's ONLY 6 weeks until the SIXTH ANNUAL Hudson Pride Parade!! It is not too late to get involved. We are always looking for volunteers. Join the fun. ALL are welcome!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

RESERVE your vendor-space for the 2015 Pride Festival

Come be a part of the 6th Annual Hudson Pride Festival on Saturday, June 20th!  

We are looking for food & merchandise vendors, along with non-profits who would like to participate in this year's event.  Set up is from noon to 2 and the Festival starts at 3 and ends at 6. 
 
We have a jam packed line up of entertainers this year that will draw huge crowds to the Hudson waterfront.  Grammy-winning, Brooklyn Artist, Maya Azucena, will be back for her 3rd year Maya has a great following both in NYC and the Hudson Valley area.
To sign up to be a vendor, PLEASE CLICK HERE.  Spaces are filling fast. Reserve your space today!