Vermont Pride Events 2023 – It’s time to fly that rainbow flag: This weekend is packed with Pride events from Winooski to Burlington.
More than a week of festivities in Burlington culminate Sunday with the annual Pride Parade downtown, a tradition that dates back to the city’s first parade in 1983. A festival will be held immediately afterward at Waterfront Park.
Vermont Pride Events 2023
Winooski is getting in on the action for the first time this year by hosting Saturday night’s Pride events at Rotary Park.
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From times and locations to road closures, here’s what you need to know if you want to support the LGBTQ community by attending Pride events over the weekend.
On Sunday, September 18, marchers will travel the streets of Burlington, as they have done since 1983. But this time the route will be a little different.
The route is in memory of those who marched for almost 40 years for equal rights and better treatment of LGBTQ people. The route will pass the newly erected Pride Historic Marker at Paul and College Streets.
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The route will start where it traditionally does, at The Hood Plant on King Street. She will go three blocks up Church Street, turn left and do one block of Bank Street, then continue down St. Louis until it meets Main Street. Paul will be placed two blocks back. along Lake Street until you reach Waterfront Park.
The parade begins at noon, and revelers are encouraged to join the back line as it reaches Main Street to show solidarity on its way to Waterfront Park, where the festival begins at 1 p.m.
For those visiting Burlington by vehicle on Saturday, please note that these roads will be closed for some time before and after the parade. You can view the route in map form at www.pridecentervt.org/pride/.
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The parade route is not the only novelty this year, the festival has grown to the point that it needs a new venue. This year, views of Waterfront Park and Lake Champlain will serve as the backdrop for various activities.
A variety of vendors will be set up, including those selling food, beer and cider. Portable toilets and stations for washing or sanitizing hands and face masks will be available. There will be a health and wellness area as well as a quiet tent and accessible seating area.
Parking may be difficult to find. Attendees are encouraged to use regular downtown parking lots, public transportation, or cars and be prepared to walk a bit to the park.
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Winooski will host its first Pride event on Saturday, September 17th at Rotary Park from 5 to 8 p.m.
This is a family-friendly event that begins with a Drag Queen story hour, followed by performances and live music. LGBTQ artists, creators, organizations and businesses will showcase their wares in a private marketplace that will have a virtual component.
Visitors can eat outside and bring lawn chairs or blankets. Foreign alcoholic beverages will not be permitted; However, Stowe Cider will be selling spirits on site. It will serve as a bridge to celebrate and support Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities of all ages, as well as educate and forge alliances with one another. the wider community as a whole.
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The Pride Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. and is a beloved institution in Vermont and around the world. It began as a commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, but has evolved over time to include many LGBTQ heroes, struggles and triumphs. Our parade starts at the south end of Church Street and ends at Battery Park, where the festival takes place.
The Pride Festival is a big party in Battery Park after the parade. It’s a place to bring the whole community together – LGBTQ+ and relatives – of all ages, races and backgrounds. Colorful, great performers will entertain on stage, while the park is filled with amazing vendors with information and activities (and food!) for everyone.
** All participants are asked to wear masks/face coverings as the spread of the COVID delta variant is increasing. Read more about this decision **
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Since 1983, thousands have gathered to celebrate the rich diversity of Vermont’s LGBTQ community. We expect a bigger meeting this year. We hope you will join us!