MIDDLETOWN. Conn. (WTNH) – If you drive down Main Street in Middletown, you'll see traffic, road crews, and rainbows.
The rainbows will help the city make history on Saturday. They are on tones of Pride flags and banners that hang on light posts and in business windows. It's all about Pride parade on Saturday. Pride events, organizers in Pride parade in Connecticut during National Pride Month (which is June).
"This is an inclusive community," said Middletown Mayor Dan Drew. "And one that is welcoming and open to all people."
The Pride Parade is a collaborative effort between the city and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, which, with as many as 6,000 people expected, will see the economy change. That's also a parade, there will also be a festival. Many businesses and restaurants will be holding gay pride events that go from Friday-Sunday.
"I'm psyched about this event," said Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. "We want to be inclusive and you've got to do that by showing you're inclusive, not just by wording it."
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The economic clout of the LGBTQ + community is one of its strengths – a strength some people say a great deal about the future of the world. Stonewall uprising in New York in 1969.
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"It tells me that from 50 years ago, when the Stonewall Uprising occurred in 1969, we have come a long way in the direction of these communities," he said. Christopher Smedick, Middletown's Assistant General Counsel.
The Pride Parade Starts at 2:00 pm Saturday at St John's Square and will proceed down Main Street to Union Street. A festival will take place on the South Green immediately following the conclusion of the parade.
Also afterwards and on Sunday, the main street and restaurants are open for business. That's part of the Pride on the Water Celebration that kicks off from Harbor Park in Middletown at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for the cruise at the Lady Kate Cruises website.
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