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Middletown to Commemorate Pride Month with Crosswalk Dedication and Flag Raising Ceremony

By Sierra Lopez.

(Middletown, CT)– Mayor Benjamin Florsheim of the City of Middletown announced that the city plans to commemorate Pride Month, 2021, with a crosswalk dedication on Main Street and a flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The crosswalk on Main Street (central block between Washington and Court Streets at 386 Main Street) has been painted in honor of Pride Month and the return of Middletown Pride. The crosswalk stretches across the entirety of Main Street, and it incorporates the design of the Quasar Progress Pride Flag. A dedication of the crosswalk featuring local dignitaries and Middletown Pride 2021 Grand Marshals will take place at 11:30 a.m.

A flag raising ceremony at the City of Middletown Municipal Building will take place immediately following the Crosswalk Dedication at approximately 12:15 p.m. For the first time in this now four-year tradition, the Quasar Progress Pride Flag will be raised on the City of Middletown’s official flag pole. The flag will fly for the entire month of June.

Middletown Pride 2021 festivities will begin on the morning of June 5, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., when we join together with Cinder + Salt for our second annual Main Street Cleanup. Later in the day, Middletown Pride’s first ever virtual Pride Parade will be broadcast at 1:00 p.m. on Middletown Pride’s website, YouTube channel, and social media accounts. The Middletown Pride Showcase Event will be held over the course of two days, Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. Saturday’s concert on the South Green in Middletown will take place from 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s concert, also on the South Green, will run from 2:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Please keep an eye on www.middletownpride.org for information on run of show and performers.

 

Other Middletown Pride events scheduled throughout the month of June includes:

  • A virtual talk, held by Executive Director Jesse Nasta of the Middlesex County Historical Society on Tuesday, June 8,
  • Middletown Pride Movie Night at the Wadsworth Mansion on June 17,
  • A virtual Transgender 101 seminar on June 22,
  • Learn Your LGBTQ’s and your I’s A’s & 2’s—virtual events where members of the City of Middletown’s LGBTQIA+ Commission will be speaking on a variety of topics, to be held on June 10 and June 24, and
  • Teen and Adult education programming held in partnership with Q+ on June 17 and June 29.

Individuals or groups interested in registering to participate in the Main Street Cleanup, to volunteer at one of our in-person events, sponsoring Middletown Pride, or looking for more information about all of our Pride Month events can visit www.middletowpride.org. All proceeds, sponsorships and donations raised for Middletown Pride goes entirely to ensure the continuity of Middletown Pride, and also goes to support our local vendors, artists and performers.

For all of our in-person events, Middletown Pride will be working in strict compliance with any and all local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.  Middletown Pride is also working directly with the Middletown Health Department to ensure the safety of all of our guests, staff, volunteers and performers.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Haley Stafford at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce at 860-347-6924 or Info@MiddletownPride.org.  Further details will be released closer to the date of the events.  We look forward to seeing you online and in-person throughout the entire month of June!

 

Sharon Challenger
I am a professional Scenic Artist and have also worked as a Systems Analyst and Senior Programmer Analyst for the Travelers and Yale University. Education: Post University, Wesleyan University and Yale University School of Drama.

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