New York City cancels summer festivals, concerts and parades through June

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Mayor Bill de Blasio greets healthcare workers and conducts a press conference at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, April 10, 2020.

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New York City is canceling concerts, festivals and parades, including the 2020 Pride march, through June as the city seeks to drive down its coronavirus infection rate, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

On Friday, De Blasio canceled nonessential events through May. In extending the cancellations through June, de Blasio it was a decision “we have to make.” Most of the events will be rescheduled, he said. 

“That joy and that pride that all of these events bring, that celebration, will be back,” de Blasio said at a press conference, noting that the gay Pride parade was to mark the annual event’s 50th anniversary. 

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