Holyoke will kick off Pride Month with the raising of the flag from City Hall

HOLYOKE —– A flag raising at City Hall on Monday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. will kick off Pride Month in the city, followed by a series of events celebrating Paper City’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Councilmen Juan Anderson-Burgos and Jose Maldonado Velez chaired the Pride Fest committee. They announced the following events:

  • Monday, June 6: Raising of the flag at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 10: Youth Ball (ages 13 to 20) El Mercado, 413 Main Street, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Maison des couleurs organized the ball.
  • Saturday, June 18: PrideFest at Veterans Park, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 26: Afterparty and fundraiser at the Unicorn Inn, 126 High St., 7 p.m. – midnight.

A grant from the local Holyoke Cultural Council, private donors and corporate sponsorships will support Pride Fest at Veterans Park. The June 18 event will host local artists and artisans, as well as food trucks.

The festival includes dance and exercise activities and drag and LGBTQ performers. Additionally, the Behavioral Health Network will be hosting a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

The organizers thanked Canna Provisions for sponsoring $2,500 and for accepting the invitation as Pride Marshal.

“Cultural and community events like this could not take place without strong community support,” organizers said in a statement.

“As anti-trans legislation is drafted and passed in this country, as the Supreme Court prepares to overturn Roe v Wade, a decision that will impact many in our LGBTQIA+ community,” Velez said. , “Now more than ever, it is important to come together and celebrate ourselves, our identities, our beings. We hope that the people of the valley will join us in celebrating Holyoke Pride.

Visit Pride Fest Facebook and an event pages for more details or become a supplier or sponsor.

James C. Tibbs