Everleigh McCausland and her mother, Lizzy McCausland, paint the purple section of a Pride crosswalk Friday on Oak Street in Augusta. Saturday marks the first day of Pride Month. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

AUGUSTA — June is Pride Month across the United States, commemorating the Stonewall uprising in 1969. On June 28, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, not for the first time. But that time, the patrons fought back and in the days that followed, protests continued. Those protests are considered a tipping point in the early fight for LGBT rights.

In celebration of Pride Month, there are events scheduled throughout central Maine.

Members of the Augusta Public Works Department prep a Pride crosswalk on Oak Street with painters tape Friday before it gets painted by the department and volunteers from the Augusta Teen Center. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

On Saturday, the Hallowell Pride Alliance is hosting an Upta Camp parade and an afternoon of events. From noon to 4 p.m., booths for vendors and organizations will be set up in Granite City Park. At 2 p.m., the parade on Water Street kicks off. Music by Supercat and Random Ideas will play throughout the day. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. the Quarry Tap Room will host a drag show, and from 8 p.m. until midnight, EZ Street Lounge will host the Pride After Party.

On Sunday, Central Maine Pride is hosting a gathering at Head of Falls Park in Waterville. From noon to 4 p.m., local businesses, organizations and community members will gather for the annual Pride Festival. Entertainment, activities and some free food and water (while it lasts) will be available. Performances by DJ Melbee & Playsteady, Vicky Andres, and Thee Kashanti have been scheduled and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m, there will be an open mic.

On Saturday, June 15, Unity will host the Unity Pride Parade. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Field of Dreams Park on Route 202 and ends at the Unity Public Library on School Street. At the conclusion, ice cream will be served.


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