Satisfaction Houston Parade canceled as a consequence of rising COVID-19 circumstances within the Houston space – Houston Public Media
Two festival goers hold a flag that reads “Born This Way” at the Houston LGBTQ Pride Celebration 2016.
The 2021 Pride Houston parade and festival will be canceled this year after the city advised against major events due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.
The parade was originally postponed to autumn last month due to delays in approval caused by the pandemic. At a Pride Houston kickoff and themed unveiling party on Sunday, organizers said they planned to bring the parade back in 2022.
“From a public health perspective, it is really important that we take responsibility,” said Tatiauna Holland, a representative for Pride Houston.
Holland said that there will still be Pride events this year, but capacity will be limited to 5,000 people to minimize the risk of contracting the virus. One of these smaller events is a block party in Montrose scheduled for October 2nd.
The Pride Parade is the latest in a long line of events in the Houston area hit by the pandemic – including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which have been canceled over the past two years due to COVID-19.
Last year’s pride celebrations took place in digital space when the number of COVID-19 cases peaked last summer.
The cancellation comes because health authorities are warning of an impending “fourth wave” of COVID-19. Reported cases and hospital admissions have increased over the past month due to the delayed vaccination rate and the highly transmissible Delta variant – now the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in Houston and across the country.
The country’s unvaccinated population now accounts for the majority of infections.
Approximately 54% of eligible Harris County residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the state’s Department of Health. This number is just over 60% nationwide.
Along with reduced pride events, Holland said Pride Houston will be organizing vaccine drives in the coming months and encouraging residents to get their vaccinations.
“If you are not vaccinated, make sure to attend future events,” said Holland. “And then we can be proud in 2022.”
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