Nashua’s inaugural Pride Festival is today

NASHUA – From the Pride Parade to the “main drag show,” downtown will buzz with activity this afternoon during the initial Nashua Pride Festival.

The free event runs from 2-5 p.m. today, with the parade portion scheduled from 2-2:30 p.m. As part of the celebration, officials raised a rainbow flag outside City Hall.

“We want to show this is an inclusive city, and this is one of many ways to do that,” Mayor Jim Donchess said previously.

Parade participants are expected to 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, there will also be performances by the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as a local group called TransPosition.

Staff photo by Casey Junkins City of Nashua Parking Manager Jill Stansfield on Friday tapes a sign to a parking kiosk on Main Street in preparation for the Pride Parade, which will result in the closure of Main Street through much of the downtown area from 2-2:30 p.m. today.

What organizers term the “main drag show” will then follow. 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.

The following traffic and parking restrictions will apply downtown today:

 Main Street will be from 2-2:30 p.m. for the parade;

 Water Street will be closed from 1-6 p.m.;

 the Maple Street lot will be closed until 3 p.m.;

 the Water Street lot will be closed until 6 p.m.;

 the French Park lot will be closed until 6 p.m.; and

 there will be no parking on Factory Street from 1-6 p.m.

Staff writer Adam Urquhart contributed to this report.