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4th Annual Peekskill PRIDE in the Park in newly renovated Pugsley Park

Dave Mueller
Katrina Mirage performing at the 2nd Annual Peekskill Pride in the Park. Photo Credit: Dave Mueller

You know the sound. You know the lyrics. Go ahead and start singing the 1980 hit single that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2021: Celebration by Kool & The Gang!

Celebrate good times, come on
Celebrate good times, come on
There’s a party going on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you, come on
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
We gonna celebrate and have a good time
It’s time to come together
It’s up to you
What’s your pleasure
Everyone around the world, come on

As Pride month comes to a close, Peekskill Pride will celebrate by throwing a party in downtown Peekskill full of rainbows and unicorns, community pride and smiles for the entire family. Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate fun in the sun.

The 4th annual Peekskill Pride in the Park celebration on Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 1 pm to 5 pm in the newly renovated Pugsley Park. This free event offers a variety of colorful activities for everyone and all ages. This year, the headline performer is drag legend Evita Loca, a Broadway star and social media sensation known for her live singing performances in NYC’s nightlife scene and across the globe.

Other performers on the sizzling summer stage will include the School of Rock band from Briarcliff Manor, captivating story time with Katarina Mirage, vocal stylings by local showgirl Alexia Tate, I.Den.t.T spreading queer joy through music, the newest Peekskill Pride board member and drag queen extraordinaire, Keke! Additionally, DJ Toney da Tiger from House of Aviance and ballroom royalty will keep the energy high throughout the day. “If you’re lucky, you might get the chance to walk the vogue runway!” says DJ Toney.

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  • Picture from the 2nd Annual Peekskill Pride in the Park. Westchester Circus entertaining the crowd.

  • Picture from the 1st Annual Peekskill Pride in the Park in 2021. Photo Credit: Dave Mueller

  • Vendors and Community civic organizations fill Puglsey Park for the 2nd Annual Peekskill Pride in the Park.

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The Family Fun Zone includes activities by Macaroni KID, Abrakadoodle, and Peek-A-Boo Family Music. There will be plenty of entertainment, games, and craft activities for children. There will also be an opportunity to create a mural in partnership with local artists.

Leslie Mason and the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park will team up once again to host the famous Pet Photo Contest. Bring your well-behaved dog, cat, iguana, rabbit, turtle or whatever pet you wish dressed for Pride or find a cute costume at the Photo Booth and let them smile for the camera. Around 4:30, a panel of local celebrities will pick their favorite photos of the day and be named this years Peekskill Pride Pet of the Year.

In addition to all of the events and fun for everyone, there will also be vendors, local community civic organizations, and sponsors there to provide attendees with lots of really cool things such as health and wellness information, real estate tips, books, gifts, and many other surprises! 

Vendors and local civic organizations fill Pugsley Park for the 2nd Annual Peekskill Pride in the Park.

Peekskill Pride was formed in 2016 when a group of LGBTQIA+ residents in Peekskill came together to form a community-oriented social support network. It was then that Peekskill Pride was born. “Our primary goal at Peekskill Pride is to ensure everyone in Peekskill knows that our community embraces diversity wholeheartedly, regardless of whether they reside, work, or visit here. It’s definitely something worth celebrating!” said Peekskill Councilman and Peekskill Pride President Brian Fassett.

Peekskill Pride logo

Peekskill Pride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to create safe, healthy, and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ individuals of all ages, as well as their allies and families. The organization works to promote inclusion, diversity, and pride through education, advocacy, and celebration.

Regardless of a person’s race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or creed, Peekskill Pride invites everyone to the 4th annual Peekskill Pride in the Park and be proud of who they are. In the end, we are all humans, live in the same four-square mile square small City – only wanting the best for our friends, family, neighbors and community – and ultimately, as my mother always said, “we all put our pants on the same way.” So let us all respect one another and celebrate our differences rather than let them tear us apart. For more information about the event, visit or visit the Peekskill Pride Facebook or Instagram pages.

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]