YMCA of Central New York Celebrates Pride Month


This June, the YMCA of Central New York is coming out for Pride. We are excited to show support for our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, members, staff, and community! 

The Y is for ALL. For the second year, we’re pleased to partner with CNY Pride as the host of the YMCA of Central New York Family Fun Area at the CNY Pride Festival and Parade, taking place Saturday, June 10, 2022 from 11am-5pm at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse, NY. If you would like to march with us in the parade or volunteer to help out at the YMCACNY Family Fun Area, please sign up here. 

Visibly supporting our LGBTQIA+ community is an important step towards ensuring acceptance, survival, and well-being for all. The YMCA of Central New York strives to be a safe space for youth, families, and individuals of all identities. 

Please join us as we celebrate Pride across Central New York! Below are some of the events where we’ll be.  

Central New York Pride Activities  

Please join us as the Progress Pride Flag is raised in front of Syracuse’s City Hall. State and local officials will speak, local artists will perform.   

Saturday, June 10 
Inner Harbor, Syracuse, NY  
(West Kirkpatrick St. near intersection of Van Rensselaer St.)   

Register here to volunteer or walk in the parade with the Y!  

Visit cnypride.org/pride2023 for basic event details. 

Walk with YMCA of Central New York in the CNY Parade! 


Please sign up to walk with the Y in the CNY Pride parade! The parade will depart from the Destiny USA parking lot on Solar Street at 11am, and proceeds .7 miles to the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street.  

There is no cost to walk with the Y, and all are welcome. The public may also line up to watch and support the parade!  


YMCA of Central New York Family Fun Area @ CNY Pride Festival 


Visit the YMCA of Central New York Family Fun Area at the CNY Pride Festival and say hello to friends from the YMCA of Central New York, The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and Onondaga Public Library! All listed activities are FREE and will take place in the YMCA of Central New York Family Fun Area, located on the grassy knoll when you enter the Inner Harbor Park from W Kirkpatrick Street.  

The CNY Pride Festival and Parade are FREE and open to the public. Youth of all ages are welcome to participate. Children must be accompanied by a guardian while in the Family Fun Area. 

YMCA of Central New York Activities:  








Teens and Tweens are invited to sit around with their peers to discuss different topics. Led by the teens from the Y’s Leader’s Club.  

12:00pm Trivia & Other Games  

1:00pm Mental Health Awareness with Lucas  

2:00pm LGBTQ+ Current Issues with Elise  

3:00pm LGBTQ+ History with Hamza  

4:00pm Coming Out Story Open Mic  

Times and talks subject to change. Stop by the Family Fun Area on the Day for the most up-to-date information.   

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Activities: 

Visit the Zoo booth for lots of fun activities and learning opportunities!  

Onondaga Public Library Activities: 

12:30pm     Storytime 

Visit the library booth for other activities, button making, prize drawings, library card sign ups, and more!    

Saturday, June 17 
Cazenovia Pride Fest  

Lakeland Park in Cazenovia, NY   

Stop by Cazenovia Pride Fest in Cazenovia. The YMCA of Central New York will be there supporting our community! 

Friday, June 23   
Downtown Writers Center Pride Reading
Shinder Theatre, Downtown YMCA and Zoom 


Join us to celebrate Pride Month as we feature LGBTQIA+ members of the Downtown Writers Center community.   

 Want to learn more about the YMCA of Central New York’s ongoing efforts to be an inclusive, welcoming place for ALL—including all members of the LGBTQIA+ community? Learn more here.  

Read our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement: https://www.ymcacny.org/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-belonging-statement