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First Ever ‘Seaside Pride’ Festival Planned for June Weekend Throughout Town

The logo for the inaugural Seaside Pride 2024.

The logo for the inaugural Seaside Pride 2024.

Seaside Pride, being organized by many of the same volunteers who have grown the now-annual Toms River Pride event into one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the state, will come to the boardwalk for the first time this summer.

With the hopes of starting a new tradition, Seaside Pride will primarily partner with borough business owners and hold events the weekend of June 21-22, with support from the borough for the use of its stage and some nearby displays. While not a “parade,” the weekend will see numerous events at local bars, restaurants and other businesses.

“They’ll have some tables near the stage and such, and it’s an organization that’s putting it all together who are partnering with businesses – people who have done this before and know how to get it all together,” said Mayor Anthony Vaz. “They’re really promoting it and doing all the legwork.”

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The event has a Facebook page located here announcing events as they are added,

So far, Seaside Pride will consist of live music – the band schedule has yet to be announced – and a number of other events, including:

After the Drifter’s event, organizers expect the group to walk up to the boardwalk near the stage area, where the day’s entertainment will begin.

Organizers have announced that the Hershey’s Mote, 1415 Boulevard, has become a partner and will offer special rates for the celebration. The rates will be:

  • 1 Queen bed, small room sleeps 2 – $184 + tax/night
  • 2 Double bed room, sleeps 4 – $209 + tax/night
  • 2 Bedroom suite, sleeps 6 – $259 + tax/night

To reserve, call 732-793-5000 and mention “Seaside Pride.” There is a two night minimum for all summer weekend reservations.

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