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Central Coast Pride cancels annual July 2020 celebration

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Posted at 10:48 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 13:48:26-04

Central Coast Pride announced Tuesday that the organization canceled their July 2020 celebration due to COVID-19.

The annual week-long celebration draws in thousands of people and will not be held this year in deference to an ongoing statewide prohibition of large gatherings designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Organizers say the decision was solidified in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom's earlier announcement making clear that major events attracting large numbers of people are unlikely to occur this summer.

In place of the 2020 event, the Board of Directors of The Gala Pride and Diversity Center and the Central Coast Pride Committee, will join a constellation of Pride organizations worldwide in a "Virtual Global Pride" on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The Pride Center will soon be announcing other virtual collaborations including an online Pride Film Festival, celebration of Cal Poly's Lavender Commencement, a transgender Pride event and more.

Organizers say they still plan to hold next years pride as planned on Sunday, May 23, 2021.