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Pride Month events happening in Connecticut for 2023

All around Connecticut, there will be parades, festivals, and so much more to celebrate and honor Pride Month and the LGBTQAI+ community.
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CONNECTICUT, USA — It's June, meaning it's officially Pride Month! 

All around Connecticut, there will be parades, festivals, and so much more to celebrate and honor Pride Month and the LGBTQAI+ community.

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June 15

Out Film CT, which has produced the Constitution State's longest-running film festival for 35 seasons, is moving the landmark Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival to October and presenting a PRIDE MiniFest, June 15 - 17. All films will be presented at the Festival’s longtime home at Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford.

The MiniFest opens on Thursday, June 15 with Shorts with Pride, an evening of short films that spans the LGBTQ experience. The Friday night feature film Blue Jean finds a young woman at a crossroads when her career and sexual identity collide in Margaret Thatcher's England.

The Saturday matinee features the documentary Kokomo City, followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director D. Smith. The Saturday evening program includes a live Q&A with Connecticut-native Isaac Krasner, the young star of Big Boys. The MiniFest concludes with a pizza and soft drink party, at no extra charge, outside Cinestudio following the Saturday night screening.

June 17

Enfield is holding its 1st Annual Enfield Pride Celebration after the rousing success of their 2022 Pride at the Square! Hosted by Enfield Pride, the celebration is even bigger this year! Come out for a day of food and fun, music, and games. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here! 

Celebrate Pride Month in Mystic with their Concert in the Park! Come listen to the sounds of Shades Soul Band along the Mystic River at Mystic River Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free! Learn more here.

June 27

Beginning June 27 and running to July 2 is the Greater Waterbury LGBTQAI+ Pride Week! June 27 starts with a Pride flag-raising ceremony and Mayor for the Day, starting at 10 a.m. and running to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will follow at Veterans Hall, provided by Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary. Head to their Facebook page for more.

June 28

Waterbury's Pride Week continues with Pride Open Mic Night on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show contains adult content and themes and it's bring your own beverage, beer and wine only, for those 21 years old and up. The event will take place at the Afrdo Caribbean Cultural Center on Grand Street. Head to their Facebook page for more. 

June 29

It's the big day for Waterbury Pride Week! It's a day full of celebration from afternoon to night! First is Pride Fest happening at the Silas Bronson Library from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be art, food, vendors, and entertainment! 

Then there is the Pride Family Night at Roller Magic from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

And heading into the late-night, you have the 21+ Pride Party located at The Turf Restaurant & Lounge, located on Grand Street. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 am. Head to their Facebook page for more. 

June 30

Friday, prepare for Waterbury Pride's Reading in Rainbow - Kiki Ball, happening at the Courtyard by Marriott on Grand Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. This is a sober event with no alcohol permitted. The Vogue ball will have prizes and HIV testing. All ages are welcome! Head to their Facebook page for more.

July 1

For the penultimate day for Waterbury Pride Week, there will be an Equality CT Pride Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Park Pavilion. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. Head to their Facebook page for more. 

July 2

Rounding out Waterbury Pride Week is the Greater Waterbury Drag Gospel Fest from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hopeville Church! Refreshments will follow at Church Hall, provided by Hopeville Chuch. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Waterbury PRIDE 2024 event. Head to their Facebook page for more. 


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Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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