The Frederick LGBTQ Community Center will host its third annual Frederick Pride on June 28 from 12-6 p.m. at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick near the downtown area. This is a new venue for the event, which will be held rain or shine. It is free, handicap accessible and kid friendly.
“We’ve listened to the community by moving to the heart of downtown Frederick, increased the variety and quality of food, added beer and wine, plus expanded the number of live LGBTQ musical performances, and this year anticipated over 1,000 attendees,” Brian Walker, one of Pride’s organizers, told the Blade.
Frederick Pride will include: ASL interpreting through a donation from dancinghandsasl.com; fenced beer and wine tent (no BYOB per city law); booths offering information, products, and services; music, speakers, and entertainment on stage; free “Buy Pride” bracelets good for discounts at area businesses; and parking will be available in five downtown garages.
New this year at 11a.m., just prior to the festival, will be a Pride Interfaith Worship Service with guest speaker Rev. Frank Schaefer, the former Pennsylvania United Methodist pastor that was defrocked after presiding at the same-sex wedding ceremony of his gay son. It will take place at Grace UCC, 25 East 2nd Street, just a few blocks from Pride.
“Pride celebrations are not only for large metropolitan areas anymore, they have moved on to the smaller towns in America,” said Scott Gould who lives in D.C. “Frederick Pride has all of the spirit and ties to the history of gay rights that the larger celebrations in D.C. and Baltimore have, but it has the hometown feel and friendly vibe you get in a smaller town.”