Connecticut, which has sizable gay communities in New Haven, New London, and the capital city of Hartford as well as significant numbers of gay residents living all over the state, has been without an official major Gay Pride festival for the past few years - Connecticut Pride was last held in Hartford. Recently, however, the state's second-largest city, New Haven, stepped up to host a New Haven Gay Pride Festival.
The event most recently took place in mid-September and is expected to again in 2017. Details will be posted here as soon as they become available. Also check out our article on Hartford Gay Pride, which generally takes place a week earlier than New Haven Pride.
Events take place over three days in the historic heart of downtown New Haven, which is fringed by the stately Gothic-style buildings that line the campus of Yale University. Last year the celebration took place the last weekend of September and included a kickoff reception on Friday at New Haven City Hall, followed by a march to headquarters of Pride New Haven, the New Haven Pride Center (84 Orange St.), which hosted an open house that evening.
The big event is the Pride New Haven Block Party, which typically takes place on Saturday at the corner of Orange and Center streets and features live music and drag entertainment, vendor booths, a dunk-a-queen booth, kids' activities, and more.
The festival takes place from late afternoon into the evening.
Following the block party, the Gotham City Cafe (84 Orange St.) was the site of the New Haven Pride After Party, from 10 pm until late in the evening (or really, early into Sunday morning). Admission is 18 and over.
Most recently, Pride wrapped up on Sunday with a Tea Dance on the deck at Dockside Resort Bar, overlooking Long Island Sound in the nearby city of New London.
New Haven Gay Resources
Numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check 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 organization, Visit New Haven.