Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services and the Parent Diversity Council
The month of June has hosted LGBTQ+ Pride parades and celebrations dating back to 1970, when the first Pride Parade was held in New York City to mark the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Bedford Pride Celebration will take place Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Town Common.
Bedford Youth and Family Services (BYFS) and the Parent Diversity Council (PDC) are hosting the event this year, taking over the role from Girl Scout Troop 71644. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, not to mention fun, but the troop was too busy to take on the job this year.
“We are excited to continue what they started,” says Kelly Korenak, PDC president, “and turn this into an annual event and engage with new partners to further our mission of creating a culture of belonging for all here in Bedford.”
The celebration will have the same street fair vibe as 2022, including information tables, poster making, tattoos and face painting, crafts, giveaways, an ice cream truck visit, live music, and a dress-up parade including the “non-bino-saur” Phoenix.
“I am excited for this opportunity to collaborate with the PDC on planning the 2nd annual Pride Day event,” commented Mallory Fuller, Bedford’s new Youth Services Coordinator. “BYFS and PDC want to keep the momentum going from last year’s event. I am especially excited to be at a table informing the community about the services and resources that we can provide as a department. Acknowledging Pride Month is important because everyone should feel safe and comfortable being themselves wherever they are.”
All are welcome to join this community celebration! The event will take place rain or shine.