However, with the summer surge of the Delta variant, the PCCNCF Board of Directors, festival co-chair and other community members grew concerned about the safety of putting on an event that typically attracts 5,000 people from Gainesville and the surrounding areas. As of the August 23 PCCNCF Board of Directors meeting, the county’s seven-day average had increased to 215. After much deliberation, the board made the difficult decision to cancel the festival and parade and to postpone the community awards dinner and silent auction.
“We planned to welcome everyone back with a day of fabulous festivities. Celebrating being together again with Pride was more than a possibility.”SAM WELKER
(Gainesville Pride Festival and Parade Co-Chair)