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🌈 Paint the Town with Pride! 🎉

Pride Week Roster

Pride March

The highlight of the weekend takes place Sunday, June 30. With roots stretching back to the Stonewall Uprising in New York City in 1970, Pride began as a civil rights demonstration and has evolved into a powerful symbol of resilience, unity, and advocacy.

Our annual celebration is a testament to the progress made in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, but it also serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges and inequalities that persist. As we come together to march down Main Street in Bennington, let us remember the importance of unity and solidarity. Join us as we proudly march to honor the past, celebrate the present, and continue to fight for a brighter, more inclusive future.

Pride Block Party

Immediately following the Pride March, Bennington Pride’s renowned Block Party returns on Sunday, June 30 at the Splash Pad and surrounding streets. The family-friendly Block Party promises a day filled with excitement and celebration.

Thomson Stage, next to the Splash Pad, serves as Bennington Pride’s main performance stage. Attendees can expect a diverse lineup of performances, speakers, and hosts, driving the show with energy and enthusiasm. From live music to inspiring speeches, Pride is set to captivate audiences and amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community. Designated activities and programming tailored to young attendees will promote inclusivity and understanding from an early age. The Block Party offers a platform for organizations and initiatives dedicated to LGBTQIA+ rights, social justice, and community support to engage with attendees and raise awareness about important issues facing the community. Of course, no festival would be complete without delicious food – and Bennington Pride delivers with an array of food vendors offering culinary delights including meat-free options.

Join us for a day of joyous commemoration and vibrant festivities as we unite in solidarity and reaffirm our commitment to love, acceptance, and equality for all. Bennington Pride invites everyone to come together, celebrate diversity, and embrace the spirit of Pride in all its glory.

Queer Youth Prom

Dust off your wings and flower crowns, and get ready for a magical night at Queer Youth Prom. Queer Connect and ACT will co-host this special evening on Saturday, June 22 in downtown Bennington. This event is open to LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 14-18. Enchanted bites and beverages will be served. Featuring Vuronika Baked, the Best Drag Queen of the Berkshires™, as your MC and DJ Break Doctor laying down the beats – expect a night full of dancing, laughter, and inclusion.

Registration is required and free.

Pride Pre-Game Party

We’re getting loud and proud for Pride Weekend on Saturday, June 29! Join us for an epic 18+ Queer party at the Imaginasium in Bennington VT, hosted by PridePlay Gaymers and Queer Connect.

Explore this amazing maker-space, and get ready to dance the night away with jaw-dropping drag performances by our local stars and some fierce new faces. It’s going to be an unforgettable night of diversity, love, and liberation!

Sponsors

Pride celebrations are critical in promoting the visibility, equality, and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people across the globe. It is also a way for LGBTQIA+ allies to show their support for equality for all.

Queer Connect is incredibly grateful to the organizations and individuals that have contributed to the success of our event, in big and small ways. If you want to show your support for inclusive spaces and community well-being, we’d love to list you among our esteemed sponsors below!