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 After Ferndale Pride was postponed due to COVID-19, organizers put together “We’re Home and We are Here” to get residents to show their pride. Autumn Blair and her family were one of many homes that took part in the celebration.

After Ferndale Pride was postponed due to COVID-19, organizers put together “We’re Home and We are Here” to get residents to show their pride. Autumn Blair and her family were one of many homes that took part in the celebration.

Photo provided by Autumn Blair


Ferndale Pride organizer cautious about holding event in September

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 9, 2020

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FERNDALE — As the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the United States and Michigan earlier this year, people were forced into their homes and away from large crowds.

This has resulted in local popular events and gatherings to be canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future, including The Front Porch, Pig & Whiskey and Berkley Street Art Fest.

A longtime staple of the area has been the Ferndale Pride event. Two months ago, organizer Julia Music announced the 10th annual festival would be postponed from its original date of May 30 to Saturday, Sept. 26.

“As of now, we plan to continue almost all aspects of the festival with some additional safety measures in place,” Music stated in an April 8 email. “Additional hand-sanitizing stations have been added to the footprint. “Hugs! You Matter!” is revising how to show the community love while not hugging. We continue to look for more ways to increase safety while bringing you a quality event. If September rolls around and we still are under a “stay at home” situation — we hope that is unlikely — we will be in touch about the impact to Ferndale Pride.”

While the original date of Ferndale Pride has since passed, Pride, Affirmations, the Ferndale Community Foundation and Downtown Ferndale organized an event in its stead called “We’re Home and We are Here” to celebrate the arrival of June and Pride month. The event’s focus called for Ferndale residents to decorate their homes and show their pride.

“(We’re) just trying to do anything creatively so that we can keep people feeling Pride and people feeling supported, but also make sure that we keep people safe from COVID,” Music said.

The specter of the coronavirus still hovers over every future event scheduled past the summer. Currently, Ferndale is prohibiting large events from happening in the city until after Labor Day.

Mayor Melanie Piana said the city will reconsider the matter as they get closer to that date.

“I’m concerned about a second wave, and I know a lot of other individuals, businesses, as well as other elected officials prefer not to create a second wave hot spot, and so that’s something we’re very conscientious of in decision makings,” she said.

Music said event organizers are crossing their fingers and hoping they can still have the event, but they also know that it’s a large gathering and they want to make sure it’s something they can do with safety.

“We have added more safety precautions, but as we know COVID’s been pretty tricky to get ahead of. … We’re hoping things are clear and if they’re not, we’ll make a determination at that time because our goal is to keep people healthy and safe,” she said.

Music elaborated in a text that they’re moving forward with caution as the pandemic continues, and working with the city and other events in Ferndale as they consider what to do next.

Recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order moving the state into phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan to reopen Michigan. One aspect of that order allows groups of 100 or less to gather outdoors with social distancing.

While it might give people hope that an event such as Ferndale Pride could be held this year, Music is still nervous.

“It makes me a little bit nervous because it makes me feel like people will forget about their PPE and things they can do to actually take precautions,” she said. “I’m hoping people continue to take those precautions so that we can reduce the numbers even further.”

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