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The 33rd annual Long Island Pride Parade and Festival, organized by the LGBT Network, has named American television personality and part-time Long Island residentRoss Mathews as its Grand Marshal. The 2023 Long Island Pride celebration is returning to Huntington on Sunday June 11th with the LI Pride Parade beginning at Gerard and Main Street and marching to Heckscher Park where the day long festival will take place. The 4-hour LI Pride Festival features live entertainment and music, dozens of vendors, food trucks, children and family pavilion, VIP area, beer and wine garden and more.

“What a thrill,” Mathews says.  “As a new Long Island resident, I’ve felt embraced and welcomed to Long Island, where my husband and I have chosen to build our life together.  And now we get to celebrate Pride with our neighbors, friends and family at a time when our community needs to stand together stronger than ever!”

LGBT Network President David Kilmnick said,We are beyond thrilled and excited to have American television personality, Ross Mathews, as our grand marshal for the 2023 Long Island Pride Parade. This is such a pivotal time for the LGBTQ community in our fight for safety and equality and Ross represents the authenticity, visibility, representation and drive that gives people hope and inspiration…and more than a few needed laughs as well. There is no better model for Pride than Ross and we are fortunate to have Ross as our Grand Marshal and ambassador for the LGBT Network as we continue to make our schools and communities safer all year round.

Mathews and his husband, local Long Island educational leader Dr. Wellinthon Garcia-Mathews, split their time between their homes on Long Island, New York City and Palm Springs.  

Ross Mathews can be seen every weekday as co-host on the daily syndicated talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show(currently renewed for season 4) as well as a judge and producer on the critically acclaimed, multiple Emmy Award-winning series RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’sDrag Race All Stars.

Ross is touring theaters across North America with his new stand-up comedy show, Ross Mathews: I Gotchu, Gurl!, inviting everyone to let their hair down in a safe, fun environment where everyone is welcome. 

His many TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, his own weekly talk show, Hello Ross on E!, E!’s Live From The Red Carpet, Hollywood Today Live and more.

For more on Ross visit his website and Twitter, Instagramand Facebook pages.


Long Island Pride to Be Held Sunday June 12th in Farmingdale

By Press Release

The 32nd Annual Event Comes Back Fully In-Person

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kerri Ann Souto
Mobile: 631-236-7390
Email: ksouto@lgbtnetwork.org

HAUPPAUGE, NY, March 1, 2022 – The LGBT Network’s annual Long Island Pride parade, concert, and festival will take place on Sunday, June 12 th for the first time ever in the Village of Farmingdale. The 32-year flagship event for the LGBT Network will come back in full swing and 100% in-person. The Long Island Pride Parade, the first since the start of the pandemic, will bring thousands together for a celebration and display of community that hasn’t been seen in over two years. The 2022 Long Island Pride celebration will feature a parade, concert, and festival with thousands in attendance celebrating, dancing, and being more out and louder and prouder than ever before.

David Kilmnick, President/CEO of the LGBT Network said “We are thrilled and excited to announce that Long Island Pride is fully back in person and in an amazing new location. Thanks to our partnership with Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Trustees, we have come together to celebrate Pride and it will be showcased in one of Long Island’s great downtowns. On the heels of the pandemic and with anti-LGBT legislation being passed in many states, Pride is more important than ever before to come out, be visible and show unity and strength; especially for those who may not be ready to do so now. It’s time for us to celebrate like we never have before and march out and proud together”.

Long Island Pride’s new location is a new initiative to showcase one of Long Island’s most walkable transitoriented downtowns every June. This year’s spectacular parade, concert and festival will take place along the entire Main Street in the Village of Farmingdale. “The Village of Farmingdale is honored to have been selected as the site for the LGBT Network’s Long Island Pride Parade & Festival on June 12th. We truly hope everyone enjoys our wonderful downtown. Farmingdale is ‘Home of the Culinary Quarter Mile’ and tons more! We are here to help in any way, thrilled to welcome the LGBT Network and we know it will be a complete success,” said Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

In 2021 Long Island Pride was the first large scale in-person concert and festival on Long Island and set the tone for the community’s return to normalcy. The sold-out event hosted over 3,000 attendees at Eisenhower Park and was livestreamed to tens of thousands more.

Parade registration and sponsorship opportunities are available now at https://lipride.org/


The LGBT Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a home and voice for LGBT people, their families, and support systems of Long Island and Queens. The LGBT Network’s community centers help LGBT people to be themselves, stay healthy, and change the world. Since 1993, the New York LGBT Network has been pioneering advocacy and social change to promote safe spaces where LGBT people live, learn, work, play, and pray.