ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Red Wings will bring back Pride Night on Wednesday.
The event is designed to show support for those in the LGBTQ+ community. When the team first held the event in 2019, it was a record crowd at Frontier Field.
“It was one of the coolest events we’ve ever done here if I’m being honest with you,” Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason said.
The Pride Night was coordinated in partnership with Rochester LGBTQ+ Together, a local grassroots organization providing support and social opportunities for the Rochester LGBTQ+ community.
“It’s so important for the LGBTQ+ community to be welcomed and feel safe as their authentic selves, particularly in traditionally non-LGBTQ+ spaces,” said co-founder Braden Reese.
Mason says he hopes the night connects with people in the city.
“Here at the Red Wings, we try to be more than just a baseball team. We try to be woven into the fabric of our community. And we wanted to make sure everyone who comes to Frontier Field feels comfortable.”
Set to sing the national anthem is the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the oldest LGBTQ organizations in the state. Principal pianist Alex Kuczynski says he’s looking forward to the chorus’ first in-person performance since the pandemic
“We’re super excited we’re celebrating being out, being together, being out of the closet and out of our houses,” Kuczynski said.
“It was a wonderful feeling just to see people’s smiling faces, and to just be able to hear the voices and them singing together again and it was a really wonderful reunion.”
Co-chair of Choir’s board Bob Neale says he hopes to continue community events.
“The mission is wonderful, trying to bring music to the community, interact with the community, so our goal is to do more of that.”
Mason says he’s looking forward to tonight.
“We just can’t wait to welcome all of our friends from the LGBTQ community as well as everybody in our community,” Mason said. “Because that’s what this night is all about is making sure everybody in our community comes together as one and and celebrates pride in our community.”
Wednesday’s game also features Drag Queen Kyla Minx of Trillium Health’s MOCHA Center, throwing the first pitch and ROC Pride MVPs honored on the jumbotron. Tickets can be purchased here.
Additional Pride events this month from Rochester LGBTQ+ Together include ‘Pride Day at the Zoo’ at Seneca Park Zoo (July 10); Pride Day at the Farm at Wickham Farms (July 17); Pride Day at Seabreeze (July 24); and Pride Day at the Park at Henrietta Veteran’s Memorial Park (July 31).
The Red Wings will take on the Buffalo Bisons. More information can be found here.