BELFAST — Main Street was filled with marchers and rainbows Saturday, June 4, with the return of the city’s Pride Parade.

Students in Belfast Area High School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club resurrected the annual celebration of the LGBTQ community after a pandemic-related two-year hiatus and the absence of the parade’s former adult organizers.

GSA, now in its eighth year at the high school, had missed Belfast’s Pride Parade, which is part of an international event. When the organization announced in May that it would bring back the parade,
Willa Bywater, class of 2023 and president of the BAHS GSA, said in the press release that “Pride events are celebrations of difference. It’s important that everyone in our community is seen and celebrated.”

Belfast Co-op, a sponsor of the parade, posted this on its Facebook page following the event June 1. Source: Belfast Co-op Facebook Page





Belfast Co-op, one of the parade sponsors, posted afterward on its Facebook page:  “…We believe everybody belongs, that love is love, and that here in Belfast all are welcome. Join us for the month of June as we express ourselves authentically and lift up the voices of those who are frequently marginalized.”

In its post, the Co-op also praised the students and teachers at the Belfast Area High School for organizing the event this year: “Your determination and tenacity stood out and helped encourage others to join in! Thank you for organizing the parade and being an inspiration for all!”

All are welcome to join the GSA club’s efforts. The club also welcomes donations. For more information about helping out or making a donation, contact co-advisers Ian Howard and Annie Gray at Belfast Area High School, 338-1790.

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