“Bunnies on the Bayou” Returns to Downtown Houston for Easter Sunday

Pictured: Michael Chavez, Treasurer; Brandon Rhodes, Vice President; Kevin Nguyen; Ronnie Adriansayeh; Shank Rubin; and Jorge Cervantes of BOTB 43 (Photo courtesy of Zak Miller via Bunnies On The Bayou)

A fundraising event to benefit several LGBTQ+ nonprofits is back in downtown Houston for Easter Sunday.

The event took a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is making a return to Sesquicentennial Park on Sunday, April 17 from 1-6 p.m. According to a press release, the organizers, known as “the bunnies,” are holding community fundraisers. throughout the year and hosts the largest outdoor cocktail party in Texas.

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The event began in 1979, organizers said in a press release, as an anniversary, but evolved into what it is known today in the early 1980s following the rise of the HIV crisis. /AIDS.

“The original ‘Bunnies’ have decided to make this annual event not just a party, but a way to give back to the community,” the statement added. “In over 43 years, Bunnies on the Bayou has become a staple of charity and advocacy in the Greater Houston Area for LGBTQ+ focused programs and organizations. With the help of the community and its sponsors, he has been able to help multiple groups each year.Over the past 10 years, Bunnies has raised over $1.2 million to help and strengthen local nonprofits.

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This year, organizers say they hope to break records with its 43rd annual celebration by raising more than $100,000.

To learn more about Bayou Rabbits, visit their website.

Alicia R. Rucker