By Tiffany Williams –
In 1969 the Stonewall Riots against legal police brutality towards the LGBT community inspired organizers to hold “Christopher Street Liberation Day” marches or “Gay-ins” in 1970: the origins of Pride events as we know them.
Today, Pride events happen all over the world with each one taking on a distinctly local flavor.
In Worcester, last year was the 5th consecutive year, under the administration of City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., the City of Worcester received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
Worcester was one of only six cities in Massachusetts to receive a perfect score of 100.
The Worcester Pride annual LGBTQIA Pageant will be on Friday at El-Basha and is already sold out.
The annual Pride parade and festival will be on Saturday, September 7.
The festival will be on the Common from noon-5 p.m. and is a free family friendly event that will include live music and entertainment, food trucks and a kid friendly play area.
The Pride Parade is expected to kickoff from Institute Park at 10:30 a.m. and will end at the Pride Festival on the Common.
Worcester Police have issued a Traffic advisory for the parade route which will go from Salisbury Street at Institute Park to Grove Street, across Highland Street and Main Street to the Common.
Worcester Pride for years has been a time for folks to be who they are authentically and this year’s Worcester Pride celebrations mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.