NC Pride Organizers Apologize Over Yom Kippur Conflict

NC Pride Organizers Apologize Over Yom Kippur Conflict

11:16am Jul 05, 2017
Participants in a 2013 Pride Parade in Charlotte. Credit: Flickr user Ken Fager for Creative Commons

An LGBT group in North Carolina is apologizing over a scheduling conflict with a major Jewish holiday.

For the past 17 years, NC Pride has held their annual Pride Parade and Festival on the last Saturday of September. But this year the event falls on September 30th, which is the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. That means thousands of people won't be able to participate because of the conflict.

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is one of the Jewish community's holiest days of the year.

NC Pride organizers, who are all volunteers, say they're devastated about the timing. They posted a note on the event website asking for forgiveness, and saying they look forward to their Jewish friends participating in future years.

The Jewish Federation is now looking to coordinate a separate pride event in October.

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