Hundreds Celebrate Inclusion at Hartford Pride Festival

Pratt Street in Hartford was spilling with pride Saturday.

With the support of sponsors and after months of work by organizers, the 5th annual Hartford Pride Festival welcomed revelers with lots of smiles, love and inclusion.

“This is my first Pride Fest and I’m so excited. It is amazing. The city is showing so much pride. It’s great,” Tigerlilly Rodriquez, of Hartford, said.

Folks even came in from out of state to check out the capital city’s colorful celebration.

“I used to live here and I found out there was a pride parade today and now I’m here celebrating,” Dannielle Gladeu, of Portland, Maine, said.

Those we spoke to hope events like this help everyone feel included.

“This is just support for all the kids that don’t have the acceptance from the parents and that’s why I come,” said Yahaira Rodriquez of Hartford who was wearing a sign that said “Free Mom Hugs.”

Pride Fest celebrations continued into Saturday night with drinks and dancing at Hartford City Hall.

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