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pride week 2022

september 9 – 18

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september 18

Pride festival & parade

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Our Digital 2022 Pride Guide is here!

Our 2022 Pride Guide is your one-stop shop to get all of your Pride week information. From events, to the parade route, and even our new Festival location — you can find it all there. This year’s Pride Guide features the artwork of local artist Eliza-Marie Philip, which honors our theme of Metamorphosis. Learn more about Eliza-Marie and their work below.

2022 Pride Artist: Eliza-Marie Philip

This year we partnered with local artist Eliza-Marie Philip to design our cover art and limited edition t-shirts (only available at the Pride Festival). Read more about Eliza-Marie and their inspiration for this year’s design:

Hi, my name is Liza. I am an artist from Burlington, Vermont. I paint monsters with bright colors and short phrases/ messages. One important value that I hope to reflect in my work is radical inclusion. Creating art with the goal that as many people as it touches will feel seen in their struggles and less alone. It is truly for everyone! Another value I like to focus on is self-love and our relationship with our-self. I believe that it is so important to heal the trauma within our bodies and in doing that heal the world around us.

Making art has been a rewarding journey through how many people my art has reached and inspired. The connections that I’ve made through my work brings so much light to my life. My favorite form of creation is making murals and collaborations. Combining talent and allowing space for others to incorporate their work has led to the most beautiful pieces of art. I hope to do more of this kind of collaborative creation. We are all creators and have this ability within us, sometimes all we need is encouragement and someone to believe in us so we can find the strength to believe in ourselves.

You can check out Eliza-Marie’s website here, follow them on Instagram: @liza_s_art, or contact them via email: lizapsart@gmail.com.

*NEW* Pride Parade Route

Since 1983, LGBTQ+ Vermonters have been marching the streets of Burlington to expand LGBTQ+ visibility, highlight the continued fight for equal rights and treatment, and celebrate the love that we have for each other and our community overall. Connected to our theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ this year’s festivities feature a new parade route and festival venue, as well. Our parade will start in the same location it always has — the Hood Plant — then make its way up Church St, then turn onto Bank St, and come back down on St. Paul Street past the newly erected 1983 Pride March Historical Marker. But in keeping with tradition, feel free to join the end of the parade as we make our way down Main St to the Burlington Waterfront Park for our fabulous Pride Festival and celebration.

*NEW* Pride Festival Location

Our Pride Festival has continued to grow and change over the past decade, and now is the time for a new, larger venue for us to spread our wings together. This year the Pride Vermont Festival will be held at Burlington Waterfront Park with the beautiful Lake Champlain as our backdrop. Though the location may be different, all of your favorite aspects of previous Pride will still be available. We’ll have entertainment, food and drink vendors, a plethora of community resources, a quiet tent, accessible seating and local businesses for you to peruse. Bring your friends, family, or join us on your own and make new connections. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

Access at Pride

Pride is for everyone, and we are working to make Pride Vermont more accessible and inclusive every year. Here are some of the accessibility offerings you will find at Pride Vermont 2022. Please reach out to us at festival@pridecentervt.org if you have specific accessibility requests or questions.

Parking & Festival Site Access

This year’s Pride Festival is at Waterfront Park on Lake Street. Waterfront Park is a large, level grass field, with a paved bicycle and walking path around the perimeter. The paved path and level field should be accessible with most mobility devices, and the festival site will be laid out so there is space for all to move around. The public parking area to the immediate north of Waterfront Park is the most accessible parking location, but there is also public parking on the south end of the park with easy access to the paved path, as well as street parking along Lake Street beside the park. Parking may be limited near the site so we encourage you to use public transit, walk to the festival, or drop off group members then park farther away if possible. There will also be free bike valet parking provided at the festival site by Local Motion.

Access & Info Tents

The Access Tent, located at the south east corner of the festival site, will be staffed by Pride Center and Inclusive Arts Vermont team and volunteers to provide information about the festival, suggestions for access needs, and accommodations including earplugs, disposable masks, fidget objects, and more. Visit the Access Tent or the Pride Center Info Tent for assistance anytime during the Festival.

Accessible Seating

The Pride Festival will have a dedicated accessible seating area, with folding chairs provided as well as space for wheelchairs, mobility devices, and personal seating options. We encourage you to reserve these seats for folks who need them, and take advantage of the extra space we have in our new location at Waterfront Park to spread out a blanket or bring your own folding chairs if you are able to.

ASL Interpretation

Professional ASL interpreters will be stationed at the Performance Stage during the Pride Festival, to interpret hosts, speakers, and other guests.

Accessible Restrooms & Handwash Stations

There will be two sections of portable restrooms at the Pride Festival site this year, one located at the south end of the site, and one located in the middle. Each section includes accessible restrooms, as well as handwashing stations. You can also find hand sanitizer at any Pride Center tent and various other locations throughout the festival.

Quiet Tent

In the north east corner of the Festival Site you will find our Quiet Tent. Visit this area to decompress and take a break from the stimulation of Pride with quiet crafts, comfy seating, and community care.

Mask Expectations

We are encouraging masking up in crowded spaces at Pride as an act of community care. There are many in our community who are at higher risk for COVID-19 and other transmissible illnesses, or have other reasons to take extra precautions, and wearing a mask when you’re in a large group is an easy way to show care for your community and create safer space for all to enjoy Pride. Masks will be available at all Pride Center tents if you forgot yours at home!

*Untapped: A Night of Burlesque & Drag  //  Friday, September 9th @ 8pm – 10pm

Pride Hikes: Arms Forest  //  Saturday, September 10th @ 1pm – 3pm

*Espresso & Eleganza: A Drag Brunch  //  Sunday, September 11th @ 11am – 1pm

Stowe Cider Tea Dance  //  Sunday, September 11th @ 2:30pm – 6pm

Dyke Night: Pride Edition  //  Monday, September 12th @ 7pm – 10pm

Pride Trivia Night  //  Tuesday, September 13th @ 7:30pm – 9pm

GLAM Pizza Party  //  Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:30pm – 8pm

*Queer Ecstatic Dance  //  Wednesday, September 14th @ 7pm – 9pm

*Pop-Up Happy Hour at Lincoln’s //  Thursday, September 15th @ 5:30pm – 7pm

LGBTQIA+ Health Provider Panel //  Thursday, September 15th @ 6pm – 7:30pm

*Interfaith Pride Service //  Thursday, September 15th @ 7pm – 8pm

Laugh with Alec Mapa //  Friday, September 16th @ 7pm – 9pm

*VT Symphony Orchestra: Riots and Prayers //  Friday, September 16th @ 7pm – 9pm

*Burly Bear presents Neon Love //  Friday, September 16th @ 8pm – 12am

*PRIDE BALL 2022 //  Friday, September 16th @ 9pm – 12am

*Women Who Bird: Pratt Refuge  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 8am – 10am

Pride Dog Park Takeover  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 10am – 11:30 am

*Flow With Pride  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 10am – 11:00 am

Queer Causeway Bike Ride  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 11am – 1pm

*Winooski Pride 2022  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 5pm – 8pm

*A Night at The Rainbow’s End: Cabaret Arci di Nuè  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 7:30pm – 10pm

*Titties & Tokens: #LoveWins  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 8pm – 10pm

*A Night at Rainbow’s End: DanceHard Speakeasy – Rainbow Ball  //  Saturday, September 17th @ 10pm – 11:59pm

Pride Parade through Burlington  //  Sunday, September 18th @ 12pm – 1pm

See new Parade Route map above to make sure you don’t miss the fun!

Pride Festival at Waterfront Park //  Sunday, September 18th @ 1pm – 5pm

Join us on the Watefront for performances, food & beverage vendors, activities, and celebration.

*Burly Bear presents: Love Dance //  Sunday, September 18th @ 3pm – 8pm

 

YOU make Pride, Pride! Learn more about all the ways to get involved:

March and Table at Pride!

Registration for tabling, vending, and / or marching at the Pride Parade & Festival is now closed. Please be sure to connect with us earlier next year to make sure that you are included.

Contact festival@pridecentervt.org with questions.

Perform At Pride

We have officially closed our search for performers and are excited for a fabulous collection of local acts this year! Check back soon to see the full line-up…

Volunteer At Pride

Pride is a community event, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our community. Whether you have an hour or a whole day, want to distribute posters, decorate, or have a passion for event cleanup, we can use your unique energy and skills! Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

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