Weddings are always a special occasion, but the ceremony set for June 30 is an especially big celebration.
Helping to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the then Gay Rights Movement – today it has become the LGBTQ+ community – Niagara County Pride in conjunction with the Pride Center of Western New York, the Hard Rock Cafe, the city of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls State Park are holding a wedding / vows renewal ceremony.
While open to any couples, Married with Pride is designed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind.
The ceremony itself is scheduled for 4:30pm on Goat Island near the Horseshoe Falls in the Niagara Falls State Park. Expected to last an hour to an hour and a half, the ceremony will feature music from Buffalo’s Perrin, speeches, vows, and a proclamation from Niagara Falls City Mayor Paul Dyster.
Kitty Lambert-Rudd will officiate the ceremony but couples who wish to exchange their own vows may do so.
Lambert-Rudd is a pioneer for Marriage Equality in the state of New York and once same sex marriage became legal, Kitty Lamber and her partner Cheryle Rudd became the first couple to marry under the new law; exchanging their vows just after midnight with Mayor Paul Dyster officiating.
After the ceremony; couples, friends, and family are invited to gather at the Hard Rock Cafe located just outside the State Park on the corner of Prospect Street and Mayor O’Laughlin Blvd from 6 to 9pm for the Rainbow Reception.
DJ Milk will be spinning tunes and area Drag Queens Keke Laasquex-Lord, Veronica Lace, Chevon Davis, and Fantasee Island are set to take the stage for a performance.
The Hard Rock Cafe will provide a special area for the happy couples with wedding cake and champagne.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The celebration will conclude with a blast when at 10pm The Falls will be lit up in the Rainbow colours with a fireworks display above The Falls.
Long known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls celebrated Marriage Equality with a big wedding ceremony in 2011 with dozens of couples ‘tying the knot” at a ceremony on Goat Island. On June 30 the site again will serve as the backdrop for another wedding and vow renewal ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a movement and the right to love one’s partner of choice.
For more information or to register for participation in the ceremony contact Pride Center of Western New York Program Manager Steve Jagord at firstname.lastname@example.org.
feature photo taken from Ronald Zenon Piaseczny’s Facebook page