West Hartford Pride festival Starting
June 22, 2024 & throughout the month of June.
West Hartford Pride is an incredible month-long celebration ending in a festival day filled with joy, storytelling and opportunities to network and connect with family, friends and statewide resources. We are grateful to our committee, our sponsors and our volunteers who helped make the month such a success!
Funding has been provided by the Connecticut State Legislature and is administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.
Awesome new event, bringing pride to my home town! - Michael M.
Sponsorship is a key part of Making Pride Happen! Our sponsors help us to not only put on an award winning world-class Pride celebration as well as support community efforts around the region. In addition, you help us to foster and support ongoing advancements in equity and inclusion for all of our LGBTQ+ community, year-round.
For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please email our Sponsorship Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST HARTFORD — Hundreds turned out at Blue Back Square in West Hartford for a Pride celebration, on June 26.
The event, organized by West Hartford Pride, was the culmination of a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, which included several other events and exhibitions. The day was kicked off by an address by West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, who thanked the local organization for its hard work.
By: Steve Smith Hartford Courant
“This is the most important thing in life. We believe in love,” Cantor said. “We need to celebrate our differences and diversity, but most importantly, in our unity, we are stronger, we are healthier, we are happier, because we join together, support each other, and help each other through this very unique and sometimes very challenging journey of life.”
The painting of the Progress Pride Flag “Crosswalk” in Blue Back Square. The West Hartford Art League selected West Hartford artist Brian Colbath to paint the crosswalk on Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was joined by his daughter Gillian as they worked in the heat of summer. The design celebrates Graphic designer Daniel Quasar who added a five-coloured chevron to the LGBT Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression”. The Progress Pride Flag adds five arrow-shaped lines to the six-coloured Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognized as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The black and brown stripes represent marginalized LGBT communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag. Quasar says the black and brown stripes represent those living with AIDS, and those no longer living. The transgender flag, designed by Monica Helms in 1999, consists of one horizontal white stripe, surrounded by two horizontal pink stripes and two light blue stripes. Quasar has reshaped the form of this flag into a chevron in his updated design. He says the main section of the flag incorporates the six-stripe flag so as to not take away from the initial meaning, while the additional elements form an arrow shape that points to the right, to represent “forward movement”. They are placed along the left edge of the flag to state that “progress still needs to be made.”