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Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 7, 2023

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First hour: Local Democratic and Republican party chairs look ahead to November

Second hour: Previewing the 2023 Rochester Pride Parade and Festival

With the primaries behind us, we sit down with the chairs of the local Democratic and Republican parties. Can each party unite? What are their plans as we look toward the general election and 2024? We discuss it all with our guests:

  • Stephen DeVay, chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee
  • David Dunning, chair of the Monroe County Republican Committee

Then in our second hour, we preview Rochester’s 2023 Pride Parade and Festival. This year’s event is set for July 15. Nearly 200 groups have signed up to march in the parade. Festival activities include food and drinks, games, live music, and more. This hour, our guests discuss the festival and the significance it has in the current political and social climate. Our guests:

  • Sam Brett, co-chair of the ROC Pride Picnic, and member of the ROC Pride Collective
  • Susanna Speed, senior director of diversity, equity and belonging at Trillium Health
  • Terrance Pleasant, director of community prevention services at the MOCHA Center/Trillium Health
  • Reenah Golden, Pride Grand Marshal, and founder of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

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