This Sunday, June 13th Burlington will be having its first ever Pride celebration on the Burlington Town Common.
Burlington couple Leo Abramov and Kerry Moe are organizing the event along with the Burlington Equity Coalition (BEC). Leo is a transgender man and Kerry is his cisgender fiancée, they are to be married later this year. While walking their dog one evening they saw a house with a Pride flag and it got them thinking about doing something to bring together Burlington’s LGBTQIA community.
According to Moe the Pride celebration is an entirely volunteer led event that has come together with efforts from all over the Burlington community.
“We started with no budget and then some people wanted to donate money so we had some money that way,” Moe explained. “The idea was originally a free event. We don’t want to include any sort of corporate or any sponsorship that way. It really is about this community coming together.”
The day is set with a bunch of activities and free swag including Pride flags and stickers. There will be an art station, temporary tattoos, a Photo “booth” where you can dress up and take a photo to commemorate the celebration.
The Burlingon Public Library will have a table with LGBTQ reading materials and will be doing two children’s story times. You can win prizes with Shawsheen Tech who will be offering trivia to show off your knowledge of LGBTQ+ history and culture. Performers from the Burlington Players will be available for your questions about the local theater group and vendors will also be on hand with their wares. Moe and Abramov are hoping for a good turn out for Burlington’s inaugural Pride gathering.
“We thought about speakers initially but then we decided we wanted to give this event more of a celebration vibe rather than a rally vibe,” Moe said.
The celebration is set to feature several musical performances from the Gazebo throughout the day with pop songs, originals and selections from musical theater.
“The Burlington Players are really jumping in to support the cause and they’ll be at least three performers who are affiliated with the Burlington Players,” said Moe.
Burlington’s first Pride celebration is taking place on the Burlington Town Common this Sunday, June 13th 11am-2pm and all are welcome to attend. There will be no food served due to COVID concerns however free water will be available.