It’s been a long journey to get here, a long year that we had to cancel all major events in New York City, but the day is finally here, Happy Pride everybody!

The day started with the NYC Pride events being broadcasted by ABC that by the way did a fantastic job, congratulations to everyone involved. I couldn’t be out of the party so I decided to go and join my community to celebrate Pride. I never got to come out officially but I would like to take this opportunity to tell everybody that I’m Gay! I’ve been riding big waves in Hawaii during my long time career as a Professional Bodyboarder and now I’m doing what I always loved to do which is to work in the media, it’s my passion since I was very young and now I have the chance to do it as the Managing Editor and IT of the City Life Org.

Jean Ferreira at Christopher Street.

When I got to the Village it was beautiful to see New Yorkers and tourists back on the streets enjoying themselves and everything that the city has to offer. To celebrate Pride in New York City is even better for the history of New York and the civil rights movement. It feels so good to see The Stonewall Inn, Duplex, and many other places in the area packed of people again.

In a year that most of us has to be home quarantining for months and watching on tv all that was going on in New York in the begin of the pandemic, I confess that I got emotional when I got to the Village to see the Village People celebrating Pride like before. A lot of good memories come to my mind since my first NYC Pride in 2002, but the 2021 Pride is very special, it’s a celebration of life and love for New York City.

Jean Ferreira in West Village.

I would like to give a big shootout to The Church of the Village for open their doors to everybody interested in a place to cool down the heat of 88° feeling like 91° in the air conditioning, and for giving free water bottles, and rainbow wristbands, the church was decorated with rainbow flags in the altar and all over the church, thank you so much.

Jean Ferreira at The Church of the Village.