New York's largest pride flag, 12 feet by 100 feet, will be unveiled at FDR Four Freedoms Park on June 14. It will adorn the Park's iconic staircase through June 30 in celebration of World Pride. The official unveiling, open to the public, will take place on June 15 between 12:00-6:00pm, at an event called #AscendWithPride: An Afternoon with Friends & Family, along with digital platform resource Video Out and Drag Queen Story Hour.
From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30, the Park’s monumental Renwick-ruin facing staircase will transform into a massive, Pride Flag to celebrate the progress that’s been made over the past 50 years, and will shine a light on the LGBTQ community’s continued fight for the universal human rights articulated in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
This World Pride celebration is for all ages. Food trucks will be on site for picnics on the lawn, and wine and beer will available for purchase, VideoOut, the digital platform resource that has been traveling the United States to amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ people by capturing their coming out stories, will be at the park all day. Their inspiration comes from Harvey Milk, who believed coming out and sharing stories would "break down the myths, [and] destroy the lies and distortions" surrounding the community.
Rendering courtesy of FDR Four Freedoms Park
Drag Queen Story Hour, (DQSH) drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores will be at the park at 12:30pm and 2:00pm, reading books that focus on diversity and inclusivity, from Little Bee Books. DQSH believes their value is in capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood to give young people queer role models.
The world's largest pride flag, at 1,410-square-foot flag was hoisted last June as part of an opening ceremony of Venice Pride in Southern California. Previously, the largest pride flag measured 1,033 square feet and soared over Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Register here for this free event.