1 Bronx Pride 2021

1 Bronx Pride 2021

By Robert Press

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for those who came to show off their Bronx Pride on Alexander Avenue. While this year’s event was not as large as the 2019 Bronx Pride Event, it certainly was much larger than the 2020 Bronx Pride event that was cancelled because of COVID-19.

The Flying Squirrel opened the event, and was the mistress of ceremonies introducing the performers and elected officials who appeared to show their support of Bronx Pride 2021. Elected officials included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, both candidates for Bronx Borough President, and Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. While there were thousands in 2019 at the 1 Bronx Pride, there were hundreds in 2021 due to the pandemic, and a very short planning period. 

The entertainment was top notch with Jeannie Sol, Jackie Dupree, a costume change by the Flying Squirrel, and many others. Even most of the elected officials with a couple of exceptions were well liked, however Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang for the third time in as many times could not answer a third question I asked him. One of his aides had to come over to say no questions, but I told candidate Yang I will take it as a no comment. My question to candidate Yang this time was since you are here at Bronx Pride, what can we expect from Mayor Yang towards the LGBTQ community if you are elected mayor? The two previous questions were about his policy towards NYCHA, and the homeless problem. His answer then was that he would take care of it when he became Mayor. 


The Flying Squirrel (Left) opens 1 Pride 2021, Right, after a costume change.

Stage star Jeannie Sol.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark shows her Bronx Pride.

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang with Bronx Borough President candidate Vanessa Gibson.

Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez speaks with a couple of people in her bid to become the next Bronx Borough President.

Not to be outdone by any other elected official U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer made sure he had a firm hold of the Flying Squirrel. 
Senator Schumer wanted to make sure everyone knew that he supports the LGBTQ+ community as he had two interns who waited over one hour for him to come, carry around large signs that said so, as he points to one.
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