On Saturday, May 7, the first 2016 Pride Parade in Massachusetts takes place in neighborly Northampton. The parade draws a crowd, and a fun afternoon can be had after the parade, too.
This year the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County – and their friends and allies, young and old, LGBT and straight will be one of the contingents on the march – and in a rolling auto procession as well. It’s going to be a fun day for sure, meeting and chatting not only with each other, but with others from our neighboring cities and towns.
If you haven’t been to Northampton’s Pride Day Celebration before, it’s kicked off with this “fantastic, amazing, super high energy” parade filled with marching bands, religious groups, GSA’s, floats, animals, motorcycles, stilt walkers, you name it and you will likely spot it. We too will march (and ride) in the 35th Annual Pride event which ends at the fairgrounds where the party continues into the afternoon with entertainment gay-lore. Come join us and celebrate yourself!
Since this takes place on the normal Pittsfield meeting day (first Saturday of each month) this means that we will be car-pooling to Northampton instead of our regular meeting around the roundtable. So if you need a ride, or can offer a ride, let us know. email Beth Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know your name, which town you live in, how many are in your group and whether you can offer a ride, or need a ride, or simply will meet us there. The parade lines up at 11am and steps off at noon. Once we know how many, further logistical details will be emailed to you.
The parade ends at the County Fairgrounds where entertainment begins at 1:30 with emcee Cindy Foster, The Queen Mary Band and performances of all sorts, with the spotlight on Drag Queens and Drag Kings. For the latest list of performers go to their entertainment page.
Parade staging area is located on Hampton Ave. (across from the Northampton Brewery) in Northampton, MA.
Parade begins at noon sharp marching up Old South St. to Main St. then to the Pride Event site at the 3 County Fairgrounds (54 Fair Street, Northampton, MA).
Floats are directed to park in a lot located next to the fairgrounds. Marchers are directed into the Fairgrounds to the Pride event.