Despite Clouds, Burlington Celebrates Pride Parade
Burlington residents took to Church Street in droves to celebrate the city’s annual Pride Parade. Despite clouds overhead and chilly temperatures, spectators lined the parade route and gathered in Battery Park.
LGBTQ groups, community members and local businesses marched in the parade alongside politicians and religious organizations.
The theme of this year’s event was "Generations of Pride." That idea resonated with a group of teens that traveled from Manchester to be there. And it was also an important idea for the group Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, who marched in the parade.
Other spectators said they were happy to see several churches in attendance, as well as statewide candidates for Vermont’s November election.
Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren marched alongside his supporters. And banners were carried for Attorney General Bill Sorrell, State Auditor Doug Hoffer, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Rep. Peter Welch. The Vermont Democratic Party and the Vermont Libertarian Party were also represented.
In Battery park, Pride Vermont set up a button-making station and a craft activity that focused on exploring gender identity.
The festival also included food vendors, performances and representatives from community organizations.