Hallowell Holds First Gay Pride Event
Festivities will include a city-wide Merchants’ Window Decorating contest, special music events at various bars and pubs, a “Most Festive Dressed” competition, a night of Karoake and Cabaret sing along as well as a Sunday brunch and dance party to close out the weekend celebration. There will also be an educational event offered on Saturday, June 23 at the Vallee Real Estate Office with a presentation by Victor Trapanier recipient of the 2018 Equality Maine’s Young Leaders Award. A complete schedule of events is available at: Hallowell.org and on Facebook at: HallowellPride2018
The tradition of Gay Pride celebrations began in June of 1970 to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City which marked the start of the Gay Rights movement in the US. Today communities continue to honor the history of efforts to promote inclusion and equal rights annually for LGBTQA citizens. Hallowell is pleased to be joining this tradition.
Residents of Hallowell are invited to join the festivities by displaying a rainbow flag at their homes and places of business and by decorating windows with other symbols of support for the LGBTQA community. Business owners are encouraged to join the Merchants’ Decorating Contest by placing creative and festive displays in their store windows. Judging will take place on Sunday, June 24 at 10:30 am. Restaurants, bars and pubs are encouraged to create special menu items and even drinks to support the event. Those wishing to host a special event during the weekend can add their event to the calendar by contacting April Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org.