West Hartford hosted its third annual Pride Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022, attracting diverse crowds amidst 90 degree heat.
By Sophie Christensen
West Hartford Pride kicked off the last weekend of Pride Month with a large crowd attending a celebration on Saturday, that featured performances from drag queens and local musicians.
Sister Funk, an all-female band based in New Haven, gave a wonderful performance. Carrie Ashton, another Connecticut-based musician, followed Sister Funk with lively acoustic music. The festival also featured award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Shawnee Kish.
In addition, the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus performed selections from their repertoire.
Many local companies had booths set up at the festival, showing their support for Pride with many giving out rainbow-colored trinkets. There was also a waffle truck and a piña colada booth.
Amidst the turbulence facing our country today, one festival attendee claimed they felt “conflicted.”
“I feel really great to be here,” they said, “but at the same time, there are a lot of things going on in the world that aren’t so great.”
Others rejoiced, excited to be attending their first Pride event, and overwhelmed by the positive energy and never-ending support from fellow attendees.
“It’s just constant compliments. You walk up to someone and say that you love their makeup, and they compliment you back. Then you walk two feet and someone else compliments you … the energy here is amazing,” said Tae, a first-time Pride attendee.
The Festival ran from noon to 6 p.m., and ended with an hour-long dance party.
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