Just when you think everything is starting to get back to normal, you're reminded that COVID-19 is still real and here.

June 1st marked the first day of Pride Month, but Panhandle Pride has stated they will not be holding a large gathering festival or event this month.

You may remember that last years event in Memorial Park was canceled due to the pandemic, and unfortunately it sounds like this year will be similar. That's not to say it won't happen at all or that there won't be celebrations that happen.

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There were rumors floating around that they were denied a permit to hold a large gathering, but Mandy Morton, Interim President of Panhandle Pride told ABC7 that's not the case.

Morton stated, “Several years ago, the health department came on board and always supported this community and many other things, but in our support of them and the community of Amarillo as a whole we want to work shoulder-to-shoulder with all those involved.” With all the different COVID-19 vaccinations happening, the Amarillo Public Health Department is tied up at the moment, and they want to be sure they are able to work with them on making the event as safe as possible when they are able to have it.

A larger event is indeed being discussed for the fall and organizers will start working on it in the upcoming weeks, but there are some smaller events already planned. There will be a gathering on June 29th at the Sod Poodles game and a movie night is also planned.

Updates and all the events planned, as well as even some unofficial gatherings, can be found on the Panhandle Pride Facebook page.

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