Organizers of Palm Beach Pride announced Thursday that their upcoming festival is cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus.
It was supposed to take place March 28-29. “Palm Beach Pride, scheduled to take place in Bryant Park on March 28th and 29th, has been cancelled,” a statement reads. “In collaboration with the City of Lake Worth Beach, and following the guidelines recently established by the governor of Florida, the leadership of Compass Community Center which produces the event each year, has made the decision as a precautionary measure, in light of the continued spread of COVID-19.”This decision comes as other major events throughout South Florida have started cancelling their events including the first ever Pride of the Americas and Miami Beach Pride.
Julie Seaver, Compass’ Executive Director, said in the statement, “This is a difficult decision to make, as we recognize both the economic and emotional impact the lack of this Pride festival will have on Lake Worth Beach and the thousands of residents and visitors who look forward to the event every March.
However, in light of the rapid spread of the virus, cancelling is the most responsible thing we can do.
The health and well-being of the community remains our main concern.” Additionally The first ever Pride 5K that was supposed to take place March 27 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a future date. Other upcoming events may also be cancelled the statement said. “We want to continue with business as usual, as much as we possibly can. However, the health of our community members comes first, so some larger gatherings may be suspended for the time being,” Marc Pickering, Compass’ Board Chair, said in the statement.
Officials at Compass are discussing whether this year’s festival can be rescheduled to a later date.
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