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Parkland Students, Teachers To Serve As Grand Marshals At Long Island Pride Parade

May 21, 2018 - 12:32 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Parkland students and teachers will be grand marshals at this year's Pride Parade on Long Island.

This will be the second year the Pride Festival will be held in Long Beach.

Thirty students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida will serve as grand marshals of the parade, which is taking place at noon on June 10, said LGBT Network President David Kilmnick. 

"Many of the kids who were the vocal leaders and the ones that you see out on the forefront are from the Gay Straight Alliance Club from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," Kilmnick said.

He reached out to the advisor.

"And she said, 'You know what? This is exactly what the kids need. They have good days and they have bad days and they need a day like this where they can come out and be kids and shine in the spotlight," Kilmnick said. "A lot of times we say the young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but you know what they are our leaders of today and we're going to make sure that we give them a big Long Island and a big New York welcome and celebrate them and give that big hug that they need."

The Pride Festival kicks off June 8 and lasts all weekend.

The students will honor the 17 victims killed in the Feb. 14 attack, including Scott Beigel, a teacher raised in Dix Hills who died protecting his students.