West Hartford celebrated their fourth annual Pride Festival on June 24, 2023, to wrap up a month-long Pride celebration.
By Bridget Bronsdon
Even the pouring rain couldn’t stop West Hartford from celebrating Pride. Complete with vendors, food trucks, drag performances, and live music, the fourth annual West Hartford Pride Festival was a massive success.
Following a rally on the steps of the Town Hall featuring keynote speaker Florida State Rep. Michele Raynor-Goolsby and various state and town officials, all were welcome to join in the celebration in the Town Hall municipal lot.
Despite the rainy forecasts and storm clouds looming overhead, the joyful and celebratory Pride festival was a huge hit. The stage was complete with dynamic and high-spirited acts starring the Sister Funk band, 20 drag artists, and performers Loosey LaDuca, Zoë Lewis, Brian Falduto, J. Santino, Carrie Ashton, and DJ ChestCarpet.
In addition to the performances, over 100 vendors set up shop on the Town Hall grounds to display pins, flags, jewelry, art, and more. The family-friendly event welcomed all and many perused the displays while sporting Pride flags on their backs, rainbow-themed outfits, and other festive garb.
Just a few weeks ago, West Hartford locals gathered on the Unity Green to raise the Pride flag at the commencement of Pride month, and now the month-long celebrations have led up to the festival finale. As massive crowds gathered to cheer on the performers, support one another, and offer sentiments of community amidst the gratifying day’s events, West Hartford wrapped up Pride month celebrations with a colorful and celebratory bang.
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