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Hallowell Holds First Gay Pride Event

Hallowell will celebrate the rich history and diversity of the LGBTQA community with its first Gay Pride Event being held the weekend of June 22 through June 24.

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 afenton122562@gmail.com.

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Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

  • Hallowell Pride Celebration – June 23 & 24 (Complete schedule appears on this page)

  • Old Hallowell Day – Complete details at: https://oldhallowellday.org/
  • Paint the Street Party – July 28 & 29
  • Hallowell’s Time Capsule Celebration – September TBD
  • Pie Crawl – Saturday, October 20 – Joint sponsorship with Cohen Center (Details appear on this page)

Full Pride Weekend Schedule

All Weekend:

  • Window Decoration Contest
    • Judging Sunday @ 10:30am

Friday, June 22nd

  • Tea Dance and Piano Bar
    • 5-8pm Easy Street Lounge
    • Most Festive Dressed Contest
  • Pride Celebration
    • 9-12:30 Easy Street Lounge
    • Featuring Stesha Cano
  • Cabaret Sing-Along
    • 7-9pm Quarry Tap Room Piano Bar

Saturday, June 23rd

  • Getting Familiar: Education session on LGBTQA terminology with Q and A
    • 3:30-4:30pm Vallee Real Estate Office
    • Presentation by Victor Trepanier, 2018 Equality Maine’s Young Leaders Award recipient.
  • Drag Show
    • 7-9pm Quarry Tap Room
    • All ages welcome
  • 6th Annual Pride Karoake
    • 9pm-1am Easy Street Lounge
    • Prize for Best Pride Wear

Sunday, June 24th

  • Rainbow Meet Up Brunch
    • 11am-1pm Slates Restaurant
  • Bloody Mary Hangover Dance Party
    • 11:30am -1:30pm Quarry Tap Room
And Later This Year!