Busy September Saturday in Hartford

On a brisk September Saturday, sipping beer was helping many people in Hartford beat the end of summer blues.

“Everybody’s having a good time. Live music over there and good time,” Heather Jones said.

The “Small State Great Beer” fest was sold out on Sept. 14.

Just down the street, hundreds of people celebrating at Hartford’s 5th annual Pride Festival.

“This is my first pride fest and I’m so excited,” Tigerlilly Rodriquez, of Hartford, said.

“it really just shows how far we’ve come. Along in terms of acceptance,” Marketing Director of Hartford Pride Jalmar Dedios said.

Organizers said this event stands out from those in neighboring states because it’s so budget and family-friendly.

“It’s been fun coming here to see that people are fine with who they are and they don’t care what other people think,” Rebecca, of Long Island, said.

The Pride Festival was wrapping up just as the rain started to fall, but fans at the Hartford Athletic weren’t so lucky.

“We all love soccer, obviously. They wouldn’t let us in with umbrellas but that’s alright, no big deal,” said Matthew Bieniek of the Polish National Home of Hartford, who had a huge group cheering on the team.

“There’s 80 of us. Yes. I’d show you the receipt but I left it in my car,” Bieniek continued.

Fans starting seeing the team in a new night.

“It’s like the first game with lights so it’s really fun to experience it,” Olivia, of West Hartford, said.

A bright way to end a busy day in the capital city.

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