Nashua’s first pride parade slated for June 30

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess and Great American Downtown are making final preparations for the initial Nashua Pride Festival, featuring a parade right down Main Street.

The free event is set for 2-5 p.m. June 30.

“We want to show this is an inclusive city, and this is one of many ways to do that,” Donchess said. “In addition, we get people downtown and have a good time.”

On June 9, Donchess and many other mayors visiting from around the country, participated in the Boston Pride Parade. He said it was a really nice and very positive event.

Participants in the Nashua parade will meet in the Maple Street parking lot. They will then start the parade at the intersection of Mulberry and Elm Street, before turning right onto West Hollis Street. From there, the parade will make a left turn onto Main Street to make the way through the heart of downtown. This will be followed by another left turn onto Water Street. The route will then end at Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francaise, aka “French Park.”

Once everyone arrives at French Park, Donchess and other speakers will provide remarks. There will also be performances by the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as a local group called Transposition.

This will be followed what organizers term the “main drag show.” Donchess said participants in the drag show have already agreed to both behave and dress in a family-friendly manner.

Several organizations have signed up to provide information and resources, or operate food trucks during the event. Those tabling include TD Bank, New Hampshire Moms Demand Action, T-Mobile, YMCA of Greater Nashua and others. Food vendors will include City Moose Cafe and Catering, Muriel’s Concessions, Pomaire Chilean Food Truck, Hazy Ice Cream and more.

“We did celebrate Gay Pride Month last year with a flag-raising ceremony, but Nashua is an inclusive city where everyone is welcome, and we decide that we should join other New England cities and celebrate Pride Month by doing a parade,” Donchess said. “So far, there’s been a lot of enthusiasm.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.