BELFAST — The city’s Pride Parade will return in 2022, thanks to the efforts of Belfast Area High School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club. After a pandemic-related two-year hiatus and the absence of its former adult organizers, GSA’s student members announced the Belfast Pride Parade will be held Saturday, June 4.

GSA, now in its eighth year at the high school, “has missed the Pride Parade and Festival in Belfast,” the students said in a press release. “Pride is an international event that celebrates the LGBTQ community.”

Willa Bywater, class of 2023 and president of the BAHS GSA, said in the release that “Pride events are celebrations of difference. It’s important that everyone in our community is seen and celebrated.”

According to the students, community members who planned and executed the annual Pride Parade and Festival “have moved away and there has been no group planning for this year.”

“When no adults in the community came forward for planning, the ninth-12th grade students who make up the GSA decided they would step forward and make it happen,” they said in the press release.

Community members who wish to walk in the parade can meet and park at Belfast Area High School at 10:30 a.m. The parade will commence at 11 a.m. Those wishing to celebrate Pride and observe the parade can do so from Waldo Avenue and Main Street. The parade will end just before the Public Landing and Heritage Park.

The GSA club has had a number of adults join its efforts and invite others to join as well. The club is also seeking donations to cover the costs of this year’s event. For more information about helping out or making a donation you can contact Co-advisors Ian Howard and Annie Gray at Belfast Area High School, 207-338-1790.

 

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