Northampton Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the Northampton Pride Festival

photo by Andrew Collins

For a relatively small city (population about 30,000), idyllic and collegiate Northampton enjoys one of the larger and more enthusiastic Gay Pride events in the country. The Annual Northampton LGBT Pride March & Rally takes place in early May (Saturday, May 7, 2016) and draws the many lesbians and gays living in Northampton and neighboring towns in Massachusetts' verdant Pioneer Valley, as well as plenty of folks from elsewhere in the state and neighboring New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Total attendance usually runs from to more than 20,000.

Northampton Pride kicks off at noon on Saturday, May 7, with a Pride Parade - comprising more than 100 contingents. Here's a map of the parade route. The parade begins at Hampton Avenue, down behind Thornes Marketplace and across from Northampton Brewery, and it ends at the site of the festival venue, Tri-County Faigrounds, on Fair Street.

The rally features a variety of entertainers and speakers this year and also has a "Kids Zone" to keep youngsters engaged (and this is one part of the world with a sizable community of LGBT families). Check here for this year's performers and a schedule. NoHo Pride runs throughout the afternoon, ending around 5 pm.

Northampton Gay Resources 

Of course, additionally, plenty of gay-popular restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during the weekend, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors, as will Northampton's welcoming gay club, Diva's. Check New England gay papers, such as the Northampton Pride sponsor The Rainbow Times, and also take a look at the NoHo Pride Accommodations page for hotel ideas.

Another excellent resource is Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce website, which has its own very useful section on LGBT tourism, complete with links to local organizations and events relevant to the area's many lesbian and gay residents and visitors.

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