The Jersey Shore hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and an annual favorite is Jersey Pride! This fun-filled celebration has showcased the diversity of our oceanfront community for nearly 30 years. Jersey Pride joins together people from all walks of life in support of LGBTQ organizations and the incredible people within them. Read on to discover the history of the event and what you can expect this year.
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The History of Jersey Pride
Jersey Pride takes place in Asbury Park, a historic city with a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In fact, the city’s inclusiveness dates all the way back to the 1930’s, when it housed gay clubs that weren’t yet legal. Known as a getaway from the bustling metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, Asbury was a place where people could unwind and be themselves.
Today, Asbury Park, NJ, continues to be a world-class destination for visitors. Restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues can be found throughout downtown, and the city is famous for its art and music scene. In 1998, music producer Shep Pettibone bought the then-vacant Empress Hotel; he opened the nightclub Paradise in 1999, a fabulous establishment that offers everything from country line dancing to drag performances.
Jersey Pride 2018
The 27th Annual Jersey Pride Parade kicks off on Sunday, June 3rd. Head to Asbury Park’s Town Hall at noon and follow the decorated floats, vehicles, and motorcycles down Cookman Avenue. Once you reach the festival grounds, you’ll find incredible performers, great food, and over 150 artisans and crafters. There’s also fun for all ages in the Family Zone. Jersey Pride festivities are held rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly!
Jersey Pride, Inc., is the producer of New Jersey’s LGBTQ Pride Parades. This all-volunteer, grassroots organization relies on community members. If you’d like to get involved, consider volunteering for a few hours during the event. You can help set up, patrol festival grounds, and more. You might even make some new friends! Check the event website for more information.
Book Your Stay at The Inns of Ocean Grove
Now that you know all about Jersey Pride, it’s time to reserve your lodging for the event! The Inns of Ocean Grove is just steps from Asbury Park and has two beautiful properties to choose from: The Ocean View Inn and The Ocean Plaza Hotel. Both feature top-notch accommodations and amenities.
If you’re traveling with that special someone, book your stay in a Deluxe King Room. This lovely accommodation includes breakfast, luxury linens and towels, and daily maid service, all at a reasonable rate. We even welcome small dogs! Enjoy beautiful views of the beach and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean during your stay. We promise it will be a weekend you won’t forget.
Ready to book your getaway? Check our availability and reserve a room today. We look forward to having you!