Alive After Five – Celebration of Pride

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Alive After Five is a series of events put on by the Patchogue Chamber of commerce each summer for the past eighteen years. For four Thursdays throughout the summer, tens of thousands of people flood the streets of Patchogue to enjoy the various restaurants, food vendors, musicians, and entertainment options. Each Alive After Five event has a theme and runs from 5 – 9:30 pm. Free shuttles run back and forth to predetermined parking lots to accommodate the Alive After Five reveler.

The first event this year was on June 27th, in Pride Month, and celebrated and recognized local members of the LGBTQ+ community, their accomplishments, and contributions to the Village of Patchogue. TRITEC tenant, LGBT Network cosponsored this Alive After Five. LGBT held a grand opening for their new headquarters at 125 Kennedy Drive in Hauppauge at the end of May. This the first time the LGBT Network has participated in an Alive After Five event, they expressed their excitement about being a part of Alive After Five and how in the future they plan to be a regular part of the program, especially during Pride Month.

A big part of each Alive After Five event is the music. This event featured seven different performance stages spread throughout Main Street. A few of the more notable locations were, the art’s stage sponsored by the LGBT Network at the Capital One Bank, the main stage in front of the Patchogue – Medford Library, and the family stage located at TRITEC’s village green at New Village. It was very fitting that the Library was set up in New Village, TRITEC preserved the structure of what is now the Patchogue – Medford Library during the construction of New Village and donated it to the Patchogue Medford Library. The preserved structure was built in 1907, paid for by a grant from Andrew Carnegie, after being driven a quarter of a mile from it’s original location, is now settled Main Street.

This year was the first year that multiple vendors lined Haven’s avenue on the way to the green where the Patchogue – Medford Library and Long Island Science Center each had tents set up in the village green. The events on the Village Green and vendors on Havens Avenue were a big draw for children allowing families the ability to take part in the festivities.  Music was provided by the children’s band, Lard Dog and The Band of Shy.

Overall, the Alive After Five events provide and inclusive fun and safe environment for people of all ages. With plenty of retail vendors, restaurant/food trucks, and live music, there’s bound to be something for everyone. The atmosphere was great with staff promoting equality and the LGBTQ+ community by handing our flags and stickers. Vendors and shops repped the pride colors via large flags and other incorporated banners and apparel. The turn out was fantastic, it seems that The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the LGBT Network have struck a partnership built to last.