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Hampton Pride postpones Pride Week until 2021 due to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 17:35:40-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Hampton Roads Pride announces their rescheduled Pride Week events have been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

"In conjunction with our community partners and the Board of Directors, we have determined that it is neither safe nor feasible to hold in-person celebrations this year," President Cole Werkheiser says. "We were genuinely looking forward to gathering for our rescheduled mini-Pride Week events in August culminating with the 6 th Annual Pride Party on the Peninsula: Phabulous Phoebus event. However, we cannot ignore the data and recommended guidelines and stand in solidarity with the leadership of Governor Northam and local governing bodies."

Hampton Roads Pride also shared that the Pride at the Beach event, which includes The Run the Rainbow 5K + Fun Run event, scheduled on October 3 will now be postponed until 2021 as well.

Werkheiser says rescheduling plans will be announced soon. went on to state,

"We will continue to share new editions of our #PrideMatters video campaign series weekly on social media leading up to the week of the race," Werkheiser says.

Event officials say stay tuned for registration details for the now virtual race which participants can walk, skip, hop or run to complete.

T-shirts and race medals will still be provided to all participants."

"We encourage community members to wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distance so we can gather to celebrate Pride Month and PrideFest in person June 2021," said Werkheiser.