It was sweltering near 90 degrees Saturday with little of the breeze that had tempered much of this week’s heat dome, but down in Greenport the Second Annual North Fork Pride Parade and Festival organized by the LGBT Network was undaunted, and neither were the crowds, who showed up to cheer on their friends and neighbors who showed up and showed out to support a safe place for people to express their sexual identity.

The parade, which seemed to have grown in size and number of spectators since its inaugural year in 2023, had four grand marshals — Colleen Stellato, Sarah McNaughton Hoffman, Sandra Benedetto and Brent Pelton.

It included a bevy of inclusive community organizations ranging from local churches to an allied group of North Fork libraries (“Libraries are for Everyone!”) to elected leaders (and a candidate, John Avlon, in a Democratic primary Tuesday to represent the East End in Congress), churches, businesses, local and regional LGBTQ+ support organizations, a singing troupe of young actors from the North Fork Community Theatre, a pet parade of bedazzled dogs and horses and ponies, local schools and the parade-loving Greenport Fire Department.

Learn more about the LGBT Network’s work providing a safe space for LGBT residents and their allies on Long Island.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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