Pride Month

June is a month filled with warm weather, sunshine, color, and festivities, which makes it a beautiful month to celebrate the world’s LGBTQ+ communities.

The first of June marked the start of Pride Month, a month-long celebration raising awareness, highlighting and honoring the LGBTQ+ community’s past and future, the hardships overcome, and the liberty to be themselves.

Portland, Maine Pride Parade

The biggest celebration of the month happens during Pride parades and festivals that each city in the country hosts as a major inclusive event for everyone to celebrate being their authentic true selves. The city comes together wearing colorful clothing, waving flags, singing, dancing, and shining a bright light on the community.

Portland, Maine’s annual Pride Parade for 2022 will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Monument Square. The parade will cheer its way down to Congress Street over to Congress Square, down High Street, and ultimately ending at Deering Oaks Park.

Pride Portland’s Pride Festival

Pride Portland is an organization in Portland honoring and benefiting the LGBTQ+ community here in our city. As their website shares:

“The parade is to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ movement, to raise awareness of the community’s ongoing struggles, and to foster an environment of inclusivity, accessibility, and solidarity.”

The organization will be hosting a Pride Festival at Deering Oaks on the same day as the parade, June 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with food trucks, music, positive energy, and an ongoing celebration after the parade.

Mark your calendars, start planning your outfits, and I’ll see you on June 18 for a colorful, positive, beautiful day filled with love.

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