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ABOUT PRIDE VERMONT
The mission of Pride Vermont is to celebrate and support Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community of all ages, to educate and to act as a bridge to create alliances with each other and with the greater community as a whole. By sponsoring a yearly celebration including educational, social and artistic events, Pride Vermont raises awareness of the progress Vermont’s community has made toward equality and the challenges we still face.
The goal of the Pride Vermont celebration is to empower all of Vermont’s LGBTQ community by creating spaces, both separate and together, where all people can feel safe, accepted, and surrounded by their community. Events that celebrate any specific LGBTQ sub group are presented with the principle of “targeted but open,” and create a specific space but are not exclusionary on the basis of sex, gender, or gender presentation. Participants are invited to lend their expression to events they feel celebrates their identity. Pride Vermont seeks to empower and celebrate all of the state’s LBGTQ community. Please contact the Pride committee with ideas, concerns, or feedback to help us meet this goal.
BURLINGTON, Vt – The PRIDE Vermont Committee announced its plans today for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 7-14, 2014 at in Burlington, Vt. This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.
The week-long celebration, Northern New England’s premier PRIDE, kicks off with a high heel race and will culminate with a parade on Church Street followed by the festival at Battery Park.
On Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 pm, the Annual High Heel Race on Church Street will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivities. The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels. Dressing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required. Extra shoes will be available to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site.
Beginning on Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th, diners and shoppers will enjoy discounted prices during Out On Church Street. Special medallions on bead necklaces will be available for $10 each, and will provide special discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores at the popular Church Street Marketplace.
Festivities on Saturday, September 13th continue with the annual Women’s Tea Dance in downtown Burlington in the afternoon, followed by the largest annual dance party of Pride at 8:30 pm at the Higher Ground in South Burlington. This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermont’s best DJs playing the hottest club music.
The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at 12:45 pm on Sunday, September 14th, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way to the Festival site at Battery Park. With students, families, and early foliage tourists in town, another record-breaking turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers, and marchers of all kinds. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include
music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA), the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the PRIDE Vermont festival at Battery Park on Sunday, September 14th, 12:00-5:00 pm. “This is a festival within a festival,” said Willie Docto, President of the VGTA. Northern Decadence will showcase LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont and include food and wine samples, a silent auction, and the popular Decadent Cupcake Competition. “Vermont’s is the tastiest PRIDE festival in the country,” Docto added. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.northerndecadence.com.
Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:
Gender Fun Lawn Games and Activity Tent: Play lawn “gaymes,” make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.
Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.
Dancing on the Lawn with music by local DJs.
Randy Violette, Chair of the PRIDE Vermont Committee said, “With our Generations of PRIDE theme, we celebrate the coming of age of the LGBT community in Vermont and the equality we’ve achieved in the most beautiful state in the country. I invite everyone to celebrate with us.”
Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to participate in any of the PRIDE Vermont events. For more information on being a vendor, sponsor, or parade participant email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.pridevermont.com.
PRIDE Vermont is the statewide PRIDE festival for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally community. Equality-minded Vermonters gather to celebrate our state for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces all of life’s colors. We take Pride in Vermont’s progress towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating.
You are invited to attend a special event on April 3rd, 5-8 pm at Audi South Burlington as part of a national launch of the new 2015 A3 model. It will be a great time to support one of Vermont Gay Tourism Associaiton’s most active members and will give you a chance to socialize.
They will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Pride Vermont. The prize is the use of an A3, dinner at Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and one night lodging at Moose Meadow Lodge. It should be a great evening. Hope to see you there. RSVP on their website:
“Generations of Pride.”
Celebrating all ages, generations, and the history of Pride over the years.
Congratulations, Mike, for submitting the winning theme concept and taking home two free tickets to The Winter is a Sailors and Mermaids Drag Ball where the theme will be officially announced!
Thank you all for your submissions to our Pride VT 2014 theme contest! There were so many wonderful ideas, we expanded the voting for the top 10 results. Click here to vote for one (or more) of your favorite themes!
The winner will be contacted and announced on February 11th, and will receive two tickets to Winter Is a Drag Ball (a $60 value!) Watch to see if YOUR choice wins, and it will be announced at the Winter Is a Drag Ball February 15th.
This year, we are looking to YOU to choose the fabulous theme of the Pride Vermont Parade, Festival and Pride Party. Former themes have been “Hot Pink,” “Equality Equinox,” “Camping OUT,” “SCORE (Sports)”, “Riot”… What should be next?
Submit your idea of what you want Vermont Pride 2014’s theme to be. Winner will receive two tickets to “Winter is a Drag Ball” at Higher Ground on 2/15/14, where the theme and shout-out to the winner will be announced, and will also have the glory of being the one who came up with Pride Vermont’s 2014 theme.
To enter, please email…
- Your theme title/idea
- Your name
- Phone number and/or email
Deadline is January 26th. Top five picks will then be posted from January 26th-February 10th for you to vote on at:
Winner will be contacted by phone and email on 2/11/14. Theme will be posted and announced on 2/15/14. Happy Pride!