Events 2021

In-person event

Details coming soon!

In-person event

Details coming soon!

Video provided by MHS GSA

The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, 144 Prout Hill Rd #1, Middletown, CT 06457

5:30 – 6:30pm

Join us for an outdoor storytime for Pride month with our Drag Queen friends Ms. Mia, Ms. Kenya, and Ms. Frizzie, and their special guest Councilman Phil Pessina, at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park.

We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids ages 4-8 and their families. We encourage attendees to bring a blanket to sit on since we will set up in the grass by the pavillion that day. 

For kids age 4-8 (Pre K – 3rd Grade), siblings and families welcome!

Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event begins. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure everyone’s safety we request that all families follow our Outdoor event guidelines:

  1. Masks must be worn by children over age 2 and adults at all times.

  2. We ask that you stay 6 feet away from other families for your safety, as well as the safety of others. 

  3. If any member of your household is not feeling well, has a fever, or is quarantining, we ask that you and your family stay home.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

This program is sponsored by Middletown Pride!

Directions: Here is a link to the location in google maps: 

From Randolph Road (Route 155), turn south onto Millbrook Road. Follow Millbrook Road for 1.5 miles and take a right onto Livingston Road. After 0.2 miles, take the first right off Livingston Road into McCutcheon Park! (Pg 31-33)

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces such as these, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real. 

DQSH was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. DQSH events occur regularly in SF, NY, and LA. For more information on DQSH, visit

Cinder + Salt’s new storefront, 195 Main St,  Middletown
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us in lieu of the PRIDE Parade & help beautify Main Street.
Once again Cinder + Salt & Middletown Pride are teaming up for a kid friendly, safe, & socially distanced street clean-up!
Join us for a healthy dose of eco-activism & LGBTQ+ pride right outside of Cinder + Salt’s new storefront, at 195 Main St, in Middletown, at 10 am. We’ll supply all the gear you need including trash grabbers, buckets & gloves.
The first 100 participants who register will receive a free PRIDE volunteer t-shirt!

Approximately one week before the event you will receive an email confirming your registration. There will be a short survey requesting your shirt size; please respond in a timely manner.
This event is weather permitting; If we need to cancel due to heavy rain or inclement weather we will notify registrants by email on June 4th. You may want to bring sunglasses, a jacket, your own work gloves if you have them, and a water bottle. (Due to COVID-19 Cinder + Salt will not be supplying snacks or water for this event so be prepared!) Parking is available in several municipal lots, free on side streets or metered right in front of the store.

Beginning at 1:00 PM

Join us for our first ever virtual pride parade.

Community members, organizations, sponsors, and dignitaries have submitted videos that will be shared with the public for our virtual parade, hosted by NBC’s CT Live! Taylor Kinzler!

Please note, there is NO in person parade- This parade will be entirely virtual!

South Green, Middletown

4:00 – 8:00 PM

Please check back for updated guidelines and our run of show!

South Green, Middletown

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Please check back for updated guidelines and our run of show!

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Here From the Beginning: LGBTQ History in Central Connecticut Since 1901

A talk by Jesse Nasta, PhD, Executive Director, Middlesex County Historical Society

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7 PM

This live Zoom event is free, but registration is required .

Register any time. A reminder (including the Zoom link) will be emailed

To register, go to:

The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, 144 Prout Hill Rd #1, Middletown, CT 06457

4:30 – 6:000pm

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill, 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457

7:00 – 9:15pm

6:00-7:00pm via Zoom

Jillian Celentano is a transgender woman who transitioned several years ago.   She is an advocate for the transgender community, and speaks at various venues across New England, including libraries, schools, conferences, support groups and medical facilities. She has been a GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance) instructor for a high school in New Haven, is a mentor and has organized a support group for transgender youth. Jillian is pursuing her master’s degree in social work to order to become a counselor for the transgender population. She is currently a social work intern at the Yale Gender Program in New Haven. Jilian provides a sensitive, comfortable and informal presention, helping to educate people about what it means to be transgender.  We welcome Jillian to the wonderful line up of events for Middletown Pride 2021!

Register Here: