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Saturday's Rainbow Pride Parade Honors the Late Jeffery Robinson
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
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June 3, 2022

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Sunny skies and near-perfect temperatures will greet thousands of people Saturday morning as the Fresno LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival return after a two-year pandemic break.

This year, the Tower District event honors the late Jeffery Robinson, who died in March following a heart attack.

Robinson was the director of Fresno Rainbow Pride and the LGBTQ community held him up as an icon. Many affectionately called him “the gay mayor of Fresno.” He also was the founder and CEO of Community Link, a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender service organization.

Before Robinson’s death, organizers had chosen “Bouncing Back With PRIDE” as the parade theme. To honor Robinson’s service to the LGBTQ community, the theme for the 32nd edition is now his email sign-off — “In PRIDE.”

Amazon Takes Part for the First Time

For the first time, Amazon is participating in the parade with a float designed by local Amazon employees. The company said in a news release that it expects 50 employees to attend.

In addition, Amazon said it would donate $25,000 to the Fresno EOC during the post-parade event at Fresno City College.

Amazon employees designed and built this float for the 32nd Fresno LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Amazon)

Event Information

The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the festivities at Fresno City College will start at 11 a.m. Free parking and rides between the campus and the Tower District begin at 8 a.m.

While the parade is free to attend, there is a $5 fee for the festival, where there will be food and crafts vendors, a beer garden, entertainment, and a kids’ area.

Further information is available at fresnorainbowpride.com.

Watch: Remembering the Late Jeffery Robinson

 

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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