Photographing JC Pride

Photographing Jersey City Pride

June might be Pride Month, but August is Jersey Pride Month. Usually, Jersey City Pride Fest(ival) falls on the last weekend of August. JC Pride celebrations start with raising the flag, and continue throughout the month of August, leading to JC Pride Fest.

JC Pride: Rainbow flag at JC City Hall. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
JC Pride: Rainbow flag and American flag at JC City Hall. #tbt . Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Founded by Paul Mendoza and Miquel Cardenaz 19 years ago, JC Pride 2019 focused on “honoring our past..creating our future” and celebrated Stonewall 50 and World Pride.

I often photograph JC Pride Fest for Out IN Jersey Magazine . It’s a small event, but full of live and celebrations, offering a chance to reconnect with the community, and, for myself, with activists and artists I’ve known for years.

Sometimes, details, like this guy carrying bunches of rainbow flags of all sizes, walking the streets of Jersey City:

“Man with Rainbow Flags.” Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. #tbt

Throughout the years, “love” seems to be a timeless theme at JC Pride Fest. And for good reason. After all, “love is love,” and we might need love and understanding now, more than ever.

Love is Love. Celebrating Jersey City Pride.
Storefront decorated for JC Pride Fest 2018 (and 2019). Photographed by Alina Oswald for Out IN Jersey Magazine.
Rainbow Hearts at Jersey City Pride. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Rainbow Hearts at JC Pride Fest 2018 (and 2019). Photographed by Alina Oswald for Out IN Jersey Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

At JC Pride Fest, I also happen to recognize not only familiar faces that I’ve known for years, but also faces of people who always seem to be there, always friendly and welcoming.

Tap Root Organics, at JC Pride Fest 2018 (and also 2019). Photographed by Alina Oswald for Out IN Jersey Magazine

Sometimes, as mentioned above, I get to see activists and artists, performers, I’ve known for years. Here’s Lady Clover Honey, this past weekend, performing at JC Pride Fest 2019:

Lady Clover Honey performing at Jersey City Pride 2019. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Lady Clover Honey performing at Jersey City Pride 2019. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Pride Hearts in Jersey City. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Colorful hearts decorate the streets of Jersey City for JC Pride Fest 2018. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
All in Blue and Out IN Jersey at JC Pride 2019.

And, of course, it’s Pride Month in Jersey so I was all in blue and Out IN Jersey at the Pride.

Hope you all have a wonderful Jersey Pride Month and a rest of the summer.

Happy Pride! Happy Jersey Pride! And Happy Summer, too.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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