SUNY Potsdam Class Holds County's First Gay Pride Parade April 26


Miss Gay St. Lawrence County Amber Skyy will serve as the grand marshall of Potsdam’s first gay pride parade on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m.

A SUNY Potsdam English and communications class is staging the county's very first gay pride parade. Students in Dr. John Youngblood's "LGBT Communications" course have gotten permission from the Village of Potsdam to hold the event on Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The goal of the class was to provide campus and community with awareness of gay rights, as well as showing pride and happiness within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The parade will begin in the Main Street public parking lot near Ives Park in downtown Potsdam, and will continue down Pierrepont Avenue to Marshall Park on the SUNY Potsdam campus. The class is creating floats, and has invited community members, including Potsdam Mayor Steven Yurgartis.

Following the parade, there will be a rally, including performances by student groups, in Marshall Park.

Miss Gay St. Lawrence County Amber Skyy will serve as the parade's grand marshall, and will also lead a drag show to cap off the rally, which will also feature some talented SUNY Potsdam students.

The gay pride parade is free and open to all in the community who wish to join in to learn from each other and have fun.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.