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Howard County’s First LGBTQ Pride Celebration Set

Columbia, Maryland Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County chapter of PFLAG are co-hosting the first ever LGBTQ Pride celebration in the county on June 29. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the famous Stonewall uprising, HoCo Pride is embracing the theme Remember|Resist|Rejoice.

“This year we will finally celebrate Pride right here in Howard County,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “At the 2019 Pride Festival, we will Remember those who fought for justice. We will Resist those who would turn back the clock on equal rights, and we will Rejoice because of the LGBTQ+ love we have in our community.”


The family-friendly festival, which is free to the public, will feature food, games, entertainment, speakers, art, a memorial to slain transgender individuals, an interactive historical art wall, and community-based vendors. There will also be Family Pride spaces with play opportunities for kids and Elder Pride spaces set aside from which to enjoy the festivities. No alcoholic beverages will be available.

“I want HoCo’s first Pride to help foster a new sense of family in Howard County’s diverse LGBTQ+ community and celebrate the tremendous progress we’ve made–both inside and outside of our home,” explains Jumel Howard, chairperson of the HoCo Pride Planning Committee and vice president of Howard County’s PFLAG chapter.

What: HoCo PRIDE; Remember | Resist | Rejoice

When: June 29, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Centennial Park (10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042)

Media Opportunities: One-on-one interviews with HoCo Pride Planning Committee members, Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball and other county-level government officials, members of the Howard County State House & Senate delegation, and community organization leaders.

Contact: Jumel Howard, Event Planning Committee Chair, (443) 953-8631 – cell


There is also a Facebook event with the following information:

We are excited to bring you HoCo Pride in 2019 as the first ever celebration of sexual and gender minorities in Howard County! This family friendly event will feature food, music, games, entertainment of all kinds, community resources, allies, friends, and fun! You can even bring your furry family members! Co-Hosted by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and County Executive Calvin Ball, the energy is limitless. Our volunteers have put in over two years of hard work and planning to make this event a success. It’s time for us all to unite around the things that make us different and truly embrace the beautiful spectrum of diversity that Howard County has to offer. We hope to see you there!

Currently there are 344 people that have confirmed going and around 1,500 people interested in this event on Facebook.

Sounds like a great event in Howard County…and one to add to your calendar. Hey…they have media opportunities…now that I am “kind of” part of the media…I will have to show up with the camera and get some photos and maybe an interview or two while I am at the event.

Scott E