By Lauren Leblanc on June 23, 2017 - What better way to spend your Saturday than to celebrate Pride month right here in Lowell. Celebrate, support and express your pride for the LGBTQ community in the Greater Lowell area with family and friends on Saturday, June 24th 1 - 5 pm at Utopia Park (on the Canal Street Lot between 110 Canal St & Mill NO.5 on Jackson St). This event, sponsored by the Greater Lowell Health Alliance and the LGBTQ Subcommittee will include live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, kids face painting and resources as well as food trucks for all those in attendance.
We reached out to the Greater Lowell Health Alliance and asked them the following questions:
What sets the Lowell pride event apart from the other pride events?
"Lowell is a unique city where people of many different cultures co-exist. Lowell's Pride event is a group of organizations, local businesses, individuals and community representatives that are very different but all hold the same core value of putting the community high on their priority list. Although we are a mosaic, each with our own culture and set of values, we all share the value of respecting each other and recognizing the importance of family. Lowell's pride event is a family-friendly gathering."
What can people look forward to?
"This event is very unique in the fact that it is not just in one area, but the whole city is celebrating. We will have a number of entertainment acts with musicians, performers and youth groups and many restaurants and cafés are celebrating the day to show their support by flying the LBGTQ pride flag outside their venue. Be sure to wear rainbow themed accessories or clothing and stop by to see if there is a special deal of the day in honor of this celebration of our LBGTQ community members."
What are your hopes for in the future? Seeing as this is the second annual celebration in Lowell do you hope to continue this event every year?
"We absolutely want to see this tradition continue. The GLHA is an all-encompassing organization with the desire to support everyone and make all its community members feel important. Within this organization, the LBGTQ Subcommittee out of our Cultural Competency branch has really gone above and beyond planning this event. They hope to encompass more of the surrounding towns within the Greater Lowell area in future events to continue to make this celebration an area wide event."
How can community members become more involved with local pride events?
"For those interested in being more involved with future pride events and endeavors, they should reach out to the Cultural Competency Task Force and come to the LBGTQ subcommittee's bimonthly meetings where future plans, events, advocacy opportunities and more are discussed. Follow the link below to contact task force leaders to find out when the next meeting is: www.greaterlowellhealthalliance.org."
Anything else people should know?
The event will take place rain or shine. This would not be possible without our sponsors, the First Parish UU Chelmsford, Fenway Health, and Life Links, Inc. In addition, we had immense support from a number of donors and vendors (including but not limited to): the City of Lowell, Made in Lowell, History UnErased, Coffee & Cotton, Cobblestones, Life Alive, The Rainbow Times, House of Hope and Healing, Miss Jackie, MAMA Savanna & her Queens/Kings and DJ Ron Coin-Boy, ATASK, Lowell Community Health Center, DIY Lowell, Chelmsford Wellness Center, Department of Veteran Services, Alternative Housing, MAPS, ANCHOR, Sweet Lydia's, Socialist Alternative, A Clean Sweep, Shaved Ice/Cones food truck and Let's Roll Eggrolls food truck.
*For more information and updates please visit the Facebook Event page.