CT set to celebrate the LGBTQ community with these Pride events

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Warby Parker’s Kareen Garrison prepares the viewing party at Veteran’s Park for the Pride Parade of Sail as it motors through Norwalk Harbor Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn. Vessels made rendezvous between Peach Island and Norwalk Cove Marina, sailed to the Maritime Center and Calf Pasture Beach, and then out to Sheffield Island for a celebration and Lobster Bake. All proceeds from the event benefit the Triangle Community Center.

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June is around the corner and Connecticut is ready to celebrate Pride Month with a range of activities such as parades, festivals and silent discos. Pride is a month-long celebration that recognizes members of the LGBTQ+ community, promoting increased visibility and equality to a population whose members have historically been forced to conceal their identities.

This year, while the celebrations are mostly during the month of June, some cities have schedule their events in May.

Here are some events around Connecticut celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

Connecticut LGBTQ+ Youth Conference

New Haven


Condoms decorated as lolly pops are given out during the New Haven Pride event held on Center Street in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday Sept.  21, 2019.

Condoms decorated as lolly pops are given out during the New Haven Pride event held on Center Street in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday Sept. 21, 2019.

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The conference, formerly known as the True Colors Conference, is organized by the New Have Pride Center. The event includes workshops, social events, keynote speakers and performances, according to the event’s wesbite. The event is free for all LGBTQ+ youth but prior registration is requiered.

Date: May 20 and 21

Hours: 9 am to 4:15 pm

Location: 501 Crescent Street, New Haven



#PUPSTRUT for PRIDE!

Southington


A dog wears a rainbow-colored bandana as an LGBTQ+ pride flag is raised outside the Government Center in Stamford, Conn.  Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Stamford Mayor David Martin and US Rep.  Jim Himes, D-Conn., joined members of the Stamford Pride nonprofit to raise a flag as a symbol of LGBTQ+ acceptable and equal.  Stamford Pride has many events planned throughout the month including a film screening, drag storytime, drag brunch, literary speaking engagement, art project, and youth pride event.

A dog wears a rainbow-colored bandana as an LGBTQ+ pride flag is raised outside the Government Center in Stamford, Conn. Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Stamford Mayor David Martin and US Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., joined members of the Stamford Pride nonprofit to raise a flag as a symbol of LGBTQ+ acceptable and equal. Stamford Pride has many events planned throughout the month including a film screening, drag storytime, drag brunch, literary speaking engagement, art project, and youth pride event.

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Southington PRIDE will host a “pup strut” to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. The event will have a puppy Pride parade and an amateur dog show. The event is free but the organizers are encouraging atendees to donate items to local animal shelters, according to the event’s website.

Date: May 22

Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm

Location: YMCA Camp Sloper (1000 East Street, Southington)



Pride Silent Disco

Norwalk


Ryan Sperryn Frank Borrelli and Lucia Virginity attend the annual Fairfield County Pride in the Park Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Lockwood Mathews Park in Norwalk, Conn.  The event featured live music, performances, and services to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Ryan Sperryn Frank Borrelli and Lucia Virginity attend the annual Fairfield County Pride in the Park Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Lockwood Mathews Park in Norwalk, Conn. The event featured live music, performances, and services to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

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Norwalk’s Pride month activities will start with the Triangle Community Center’s Pride Silent Disco. The event, hosted in the newly-renovated TCC center, is free. Participants of the silent disco need to be 18 or older.

Date: June 4

Hours: 7 pm to 10 pm

Location: 650 West Avenue, Norwalk



CT Pride in the Park

Ridgefield


Pride in the Park celebrating the LGBTQ community took place at Ballard Park in Ridgefield on June 15, 2019. Were you SEEN?

Pride in the Park celebrating the LGBTQ community took place at Ballard Park in Ridgefield on June 15, 2019. Were you SEEN?

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From arts and crafts to wellness yoga, Ridgefield’s CT Pride in the Park will include many activities throughout the afternoon. The event is free and will have activities for all ages.

Date: June 4

Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm

Location: Ballad Park (485 Main Street, Ridgefield)


Middletown PrideFEST

Middletown


Giant colorful letters spelling out Pride, advertising Middletown's annual June festival, are shown on the South Green.

Giant colorful letters spelling out Pride, advertising Middletown’s annual June festival, are shown on the South Green.

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The Middletown PrideFEST will include a street fair with exhibitors, entertainers, food and activites for all ages, according to the event’s website.The event, hosted in the city’s downtown area, will start with a Pride march featuring more than 50 marching groups.

Date: June 4 (rain date on June 5)

Hours: 2 pm to 10 pm

Location: Main Street, Middletown



Pride in the Park

Norwalk


The annual Fairfield County Pride in the Park Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Lockwood Mathews Park in Norwalk, Conn.  The event featured live music, performances, and services to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

The annual Fairfield County Pride in the Park Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Lockwood Mathews Park in Norwalk, Conn. The event featured live music, performances, and services to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

For the fourth year, Triangle Community Center will be hosting the Fairfield County’s Pride in the Park at Mathews Park in Norwalk. The event will have family-friendly activities as well as vendors, food and entertainment, according to the event’s website.

Date: June 11

Hours: 12 pm to 9 pm

Location: Matthews Park (295 West Avenue, Norwalk)



Pride Parade of Sail

Norwalk


Participants in the Pride Parade of Sail motor through Norwalk Harbor Saturday.

Participants in the Pride Parade of Sail motor through Norwalk Harbor Saturday.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

To end the month-long Pride celebrations, the Triangle Community Center will host the “Pride Parade of Sail” at the Norwalk Harbor. Boats will sail by Calf Pasture Beach and Veteran’s Park; Registration is free. The parade will end at Sheffield Island with a lobster bake social. Atendees that don’t have a boat can buy a two-way ferry ride to the event.

Date: June 18

Hours: 12 pm to 6 pm

Location: Norwalk Harbor


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