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West Hartford Pride ‘Out Loud’ Rally and Festival is Saturday

West Hartford Pride Festival and DragFest. June 26, 2021. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford Pride’s month-long celebration concludes Saturday with a rally and festival.

By Ronni Newton

The celebration of Pride Month in West Hartford has been underway since the raising of the Pride flag on Unity Green on June 1, and the full slate of activities will conclude Saturday with a rally and festival tabbed as “More than a Party.”

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, the “Out Loud!” rally will be held on the steps of West Hartford Town Hall. Organizers said the rally will feature “the voices of our youth,” as well as West Hartford Town and state officials and federal representatives. The rally will focus on what is being done in West Hartford and in the state to protect the LGBTQIA+ community in the face of restrictive measures that are being passed elsewhere in the country.

At noon, the crowd will move to Isham Road in Blue Back Square for a joyous celebration to close out Pride Month, featuring music, dance, and other performances to engage the community. The inclusive event is intended to be welcoming to families and people of all ages, gender identities, races, sexuality, ability, and class.

“This promises to be an event where everyone can see a piece of themselves celebrated and reflected back at them,” organizers said in an announcement.

A schedule of performers can be found below.

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  • The Drag Queen Story Hour at the library appears to have been ghosted and is no longer advertised on the library website.

  • Oh so glad this exploitation of the month of June is coming to an end, an end to the chained “faus’ celebration of the enslavement of pride and lust – whereas we see its opposite lived in the free virtues of humility and chastity as progress. In these virtues we experience a command of ourselves, and we experience true freedom.

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