The Lexington Pride Festival has been rescheduled for next year.
The festival’s Facebook page made the announcement Friday evening. They said the festival, originally slated for Sept. 25, will now take place in June 2022.
“With the rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases & the inability to guarantee a safe environment for all festival attendees, we felt there was no other choice than to cancel,” organizers said in the post.
This will be the second year in a row the festival has been canceled.
Jeremy Ellis, chair of the Lexington Pride Festival Committee, said in a typical year, the event draws a massive crowd.
“Our last one in 2019 was our biggest so far,” he said. “We held it over two days and we had about 30,000 people from all over. We’re probably the largest public attended festival in the city of Lexington. It’s completely free so we get people of all socio-economic backgrounds, anybody can just walk in and attend even if you aren’t a part of the LGBTQIA community.”
He said some businesses around the city are still planning on holding events, which can be found on the festival’s social media. He said the committee is also working on planning on a family-focused celebration for this month, to be held on a smaller scale. Details have not yet been released.
Ellis said he has a message for those who planned on attending.
“Keep the hope,” he said. We’re really encouraging people to go out and get vaccinated and stay vigilant. It takes the community to be able to have the event.”