LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATION
The City of Peabody and Peabody Main Streets are pleased to announce the city’s first ever community------wide celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. Six hours of events and activities are planned for Saturday, June 29th at the Courthouse Plaza in Peabody Square.
On June 29th, Peabody Celebrates Pride! will begin with a celebration for all ages at 3:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Plaza. The family-friendly event will feature lots of fun including a DJ Kim Collins, face painting, inspirational rock painting with Create & Escape, games and activities with the Torigian Family YMCA, business vendors, food, drinks, and ice cream. This event will conclude at 5:00 p.m. There is no cost of admission.
At 6:00 p.m., Peabody’s popular pop-up pub will return in true Pride fashion to the Courthouse Plaza. Admission will be open to those 21 years and older to celebrate LGBTQ Pride with family and friends. The Pop-Up Pride Pub will feature entertainment from a DJ, an assortment of lawn games, Drag Queens, as well as a few impersonators. The crowd can help themselves to a cold brew from Ipswich Ale Brewery’s beer truck or a drink from the wine bar. Food will also be available for purchase. The event concludes at 9:00 p.m., as Peabody City Hall lights up in rainbow colors. Admission is $5.
“Once again this year we raised the LGBTQ Pride flag at City Hall in recognition of Pride Month,” said Mayor Bettencourt. “The Peabody Celebrates Pride event on June 29th is another opportunity to celebrate our neighbors, family and friends who belong to the LGBTQ community and to further showcase our revitalized downtown.”
The event is organized in collaboration with North Shore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (NAGLY).
LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June and was created to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the struggle for LGBTQ rights in the United States and worldwide. It is also a time to recognize and celebrate the impact LGBTQ people have had on our world.
Sponsors for the event include: Panos Law Group, Citizens Inn, Gravoc, Laer Realty-Marie Bishop, Phil Richard Insurance, PJ Woods Insurance, and Rotary Club of Peabody.
North Shore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (nAGLY) is headquartered in Salem with the mission “to honor, respect, educate, and empower LGBTQ youth.” The organization features many programs including youth meetings, an educator and parent group, a middle school group, Trans-cendence, and health consultations. It also hosts frequent workshops and community events. For more information, visit www.nagly.org.