2024 NEW QUEENS PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

The 2024 New Queens Pride Grand Marshals represent the great leadership, advocacy, and diversity of the world’s borough.We are proud to announce that New York State Senator Leroy Comrie will be the honorary Grand Marshal for the 2024 Queens Pride Parade.

New York State Senator
Leroy Comrie

New York State Senator Leroy Comrie was elected to represent the 14th Senatorial District of Queens (encompassing portions of Jamaica, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Laurelton, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Hillcrest and Kew Gardens) in November 2014, officially taking office January 1, 2015. He grew up in the South Queens communities that he now represents, attending P.S. 116, I.S. 8, Jamaica High School and the University of Bridgeport, where he developed his passion for politics and government. He is a lifelong member of Saint Albans the Martyr Episcopal Church and before he was a public official, he was elected to serve as President of his local Community School Board.

Leroy Comrie believes that government must be responsive to the needs of all people. His office is the conduit through which access to quality education, healthcare, and services for seniors; programs and resources for youth; avenues to enhance small business growth; increased public safety measures; and smart sustainable economic development that provides living wage jobs in the community are provided.

New York State’s Teacher of the Year
Billy Green

Billy Green is a veteran of multiple city schools, current teacher at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Manhattan and dedicated community servant both in his native Harlem and in Africa.

In his work with students in Manhattan, the Bronx and on Rikers Island during his career, Green approaches teaching with what peers, administrators and mentors have described as an “intensely passionate” love for education, a “desire to empower a community” and a “belief that all students can succeed.” Green sums up his philosophy on education as “the opportunities I can create through great teaching and learning experiences I understand personally have the power to change individuals, families and communities.”

Community Advocate
Amber Ferrer

Amber‘s profound pride in her community extends beyond her honor as a Grand Marshal. Under her leadership, Jackson Heights’ own Friend’s Tavern and Viva La Heights celebrate individuality, inclusivity, and empowerment, providing a safe and uplifting space for all 365 days a year. The businesses benefit those in the community with a desire to feel accepted, connect with others, and enjoy a good time in a safe space. Amber‘s pride also extends to her family, which includes members who openly identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Her family’s support and acceptance have been a blessing in her journey, and she views it as an example that more people should promptly embrace..

As someone with a deep connection to her community, Amber cares about social justice and is committed to carrying on her family’s legacy to promote equal rights and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Amber also works with local and city health organizations to ensure that the businesses she runs provide not only a good time but also education on health resources, wellness testing, and support to those in need. Additionally, she partners with local politicians to align with community initiatives and ensure that she is appropriately representing the needs of those living and working in the Jackson Heights community. She looks forward to creating a vibrant and celebratory presence in the Queens Pride Parade and plans to use her platform as an Honoree and Grand Marshal to empower and inspire other professionals to raise their voice, vote in favor of those that are in support of the rights of all humans, celebrate uniqueness and spread love.