Hartford Gay Pride 2016

by Andrew Collins

Connecticut's capital city, and one New England's oldest settlements, Hartford is actually a bit smaller than three other cities around the state (Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford), but it is in some ways the city that best captures the state's heritage, home as it is to such celebrated attractions as Bushnell Park, the Connecticut Science Center, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Mark Twain House, and the highly impressive Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. There's plenty to see and do here, and Hartford also has a high percentage of LGBT residents - this liberal city has long had a gay following.

This year's Hartford Capital City Pride takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from noon until 5 under the Memorial Arch in historic Bushnell Park.

The celebration runs until 5 pm and includes live music - it's a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated. The event is followed by a Hartford Pride Tea Dance, from 5:30 until 8:30, at the Russian Lady (on the top floor), and then a Studio 54 "The '70s Are Back!" Pride After Party from 9 pm until 2 am at Club Downtown.

There are also a number of related Pride events that take place throughout the week leading up to Pride, starting with a flag-raising ceremony at Harford City Hall on Monday, September 5. Other highlights include a fundraiser at Thai Farms, Pride Night at Tisane, and a Friday-night bar crawl that begins at M Lounge.

Then on Sunday, September 11, the popular and trendy NIXS Hartford Kitchen hosts a Pride Brunch from 11 am until 2 pm.

Hartford Gay Resources

Check out the Hartford gay bars and gay-popular restaurants guide for tips on where to eat and socialize. And have a look at local gay papers, such as The Rainbow Times and Bay Windows for details. Also take a look at the handy travel-planning site produced by the city's official tourism office, Hartford Business Improvement District.