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Gay pride parade, festival Saturday

J.T., of Jericho, holds a rainbow-colored umbrella while

J.T., of Jericho, holds a rainbow-colored umbrella while helping to carry the famous Stonewall flag in the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012) (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Here are three community events scheduled for this weekend around Long Island.

Gay pride parade, festival Saturday

The 23rd annual Long Island Gay Pride Celebration will be held tomorrow in Huntington. The event begins with a parade at noon along Main Street, followed by PrideFest, a festival at Heckscher Park, from 1 to 6 p.m.

“There is no better feeling to be able to display our Long Island pride right in Huntington,” David Kilmnick, chief executive of Long Island GLBT Services Network, the Bay Shore and Garden City-based event organizer.

“This event is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity is; this is for all who believe in celebrating individuality and celebrating who they are no matter what that is,” he said.

The parade steps off at Park Avenue, heading west down Main Street to Prime Avenue. The grand marshals — Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone; Ralph Colamussi, owner of the Thatched Cottage catering hall; and representatives of Donaldson’s Subaru — will lead 55 organizations and businesses along the route.

The parade ends at the entrance to Heckscher Park, where PrideFest will begin. Recording artist and Merrick native Debbie Gibson will perform. The festival will include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, 15 gourmet food trucks and stands, a beer and wine garden, and a VIP Lounge that costs $25 for admittance.

— DEBORAH S. MORRIS


Concert to benefit Sandy victims

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano invites all Long Islanders tomorrow to the “Concert in the Park — Nassau Helping Nassau” Hurricane Sandy benefit concert.

Ten local bands will donate performances to raise money for Nassau residents still struggling to rebuild their storm-ravaged homes.

The concert at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park starts at noon with Mike DelGuidice of the Billy Joel cover band Big Shot, and ends at 9:30 p.m. with Disco Unlimited.

“Concert in the Park brings together many local musicians under one roof to help raise money for the hundreds of families and seniors who are struggling to recover,” Mangano said in a statement.

The concert is free but there is a “suggested $10 donation” for the fund.

For more information, please call 516-572-0200 or visit nassaucountyny.gov/concertinthepark.

— SID CASSESE


Household waste disposal in Oyster Bay

The Town of Oyster Bay has scheduled for tomorrow the third of eight 2013 S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) household hazardous waste disposal and electronic waste and drug collection programs for residents.

It will be held at Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa.

The S.T.O.P. program is now in its 28th year.

For more information, call 516-677-5943.

A brochure on the program can be downloaded at www.oysterbaytown.com.

— BILL BLEYER

Tags: Long Island Gay Pride Celebration , Huntington , Oyster Bay , Uniondale

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