“Crosswalks on Front Street were painted rainbow colors Tuesday in recognition of Worcester Pride Week. Other Pride Week happenings include the raising of the Pride flag at City Hall and the lighting of the Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond on Thursday, a Pride pageant at Fiddler’s Green on Temple Street on Friday and the Pride parade, festival and block party Saturday.”

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“Saturday was a day of sunshine and acceptance as the city’s LGBTQ community and their supporters paraded down Main Street and partied all afternoon on the city’s Common.”

The colorful event not only crossed gender and sexual-preference barriers, it was also an inclusive, family-friendly event that attracted it share of straight people and straight-talking politicians (including state Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, state Reps. James J. O’Day and Daniel M. Donahue and City Councilors George J. Russell and Khrystian E. King).

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“Pride Abounds in NE
From Rhode Island to Maine, New England Pride season is full of celebrations throughout Massachusetts and other states in the region. Each year, LGBTQ people and allies come together not only in solidarity and support for equality, but also to showcase the diverse and unique facets of their communities.”

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“WORCESTER, Mass.—This year Worcester Pride lets the community choose a Grand Marshall. A few names were suggested by the committee, but Pride also had a write-in category! Among the contestants were State Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Jim McGovern, Mayor Joe Petty and Erica Kay Webster. What happened next was very special, City Councilor Michael Gaffney and Governor Deval Patrick and Family were both write-in candidates. After a run off with the top four, Erica Kay-Webster was the hands down winner of the popular vote.”

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“Worcester Pride said its annual celebration, to be held on Sept. 6, the 240th anniversary of the Worcester Revolt, would celebrate the event.”Please join us … as we honor the brave few that stood their ground 240 years ago, and those willing to move bravely ahead into future greatness for Worcester and Central Massachusetts,”

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“Worcester will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the “Worcester Revolt” on September 6th. This small but historically important event was the first time in colonial America that a local Militia drew arms against the King’s Army in an effort of self-determination. Though no shot was fired, the event succeeded in moving the Colonies toward independence.It is in this same spirit that the Worcester Pride organization celebrates the LGBTQ and allied community of Central Massachusetts. Through its peaceful advocacy and all inclusive events, Worcester Pride works to create a presence in the Central Massachusetts community for everyone.”

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“Mr. O’Brien said one of his proudest moments in the city came when the city started issuing marriage licenses for gay couples; he said he joined several others at City Hall because he was worried there would be large protests. Instead, people stopped and got out of their cars to express their support. During the ceremony, Mr. Trobaugh thanked Marc Guinette, owner of the Mailbox bar, for flying the large rainbow flag that motorists see from Interstate 290 in the Grafton Street area. It was one of the first things he noticed when he moved to the city with his husband and son. “It’s really important,” Mr. Trobaugh said, as the flag hung behind him over the main staircase at City Hall. “This flag let us know it’s safe here.””

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“Thursday, March 27 The Pride Alliance at Worcester State University is hosting a Broadway review…. From Old to New! in the Sullivan Auditorium. This show will showcase Drag Queens and Drag Kings from Worcester and Springfield, Mass. Proceeds from the show will benefit Worcester Pride and tickets can be purchased at the door for the amazing price of $1. The Queens and King have been rehearsing and working hard to bring a fabulous show. There will be a bake sale and popcorn availiable for purchase, so bring all your friends and come have a great time.”

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“Wearing specially made shirts with the equality symbol shown proudly on our fronts and colorful suspenders, Worcester State University’s own Pride Alliance, myself included, stood alongside other organizations and colleges from the consortium to participate in the fifteen minute march to Institute Park.Compared to last year’s parade, the amount of people in attendance this year appeared to have more than doubled! Even Worcester’s local church, Trinity Lutheran, awaited the cheerful marchers with free water to keep everyone going.While en route to the park, my group and I had several people flagging our attention to ask where our t-shirts had come from and if they could buy one. While no promises are being made yet, WSU’s Pride alliance is considering the idea of selling the t-shirts next year for everyone to show their support.”

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“The central Massachusetts metropolis of Worcester, which is just an hour west of Boston and a little more than an hour east of Northampton, is one of the largest cities in New England. There’s a good-size GLBT community here, which shows up in big numbers for Worcester Gay Pride, held each year during one of the prettiest times to be in this part of the country, early September.”

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“Here you’ll find lots of images from Pride 2013. Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ.”

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“Celebrate on the Common! Our parade is just before and end at the Worcester Common! Local Talent Galore! Again, this year we will have an Elected Officials section. Who do you want to see this year?”

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