Potsdam’s first gay pride parade April 26
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 5:58 pm

POTSDAM – This community’s first gay pride parade is set for Saturday, April 26.

The marchers will start the parade at the Main Street parking lot at 1 p.m. and work their way to the SUNY Potsdam campus.

The parade is a project of Prof. John Youngblood’s undergraduate class on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communications.

“They’re learning a great deal about LGBT rights and the experiences they undergo,” said Youngblood. “The parade is mainly to bring awareness to the campus and the community about these issues and to celebrate this minority group.”

“The class has graciously invited me to be in the parade, and I have accepted their invitation,” said Mayor Stephen Yurgartis.

“To the best of my knowledge this in a new event for the North Country,” Yurgartis said.

“I think the students have a great idea, and I am pleased to be part of it. Potsdam is generous and inclusive community, and I have no doubt that the parade will be well received,” the mayor said.