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Portland Maine Gay Pride 2014 - Pride Portland 2014

Celebrating Pride in coastal Maine

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Portland's Monument Square is where the Southern Maine Gay Pride parade commences

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Local gay bars in Portland, such as the neighborhood lounge Blackstones, are especially popular during Southern Maine Gay Pride

photo by Andrew Collins

Maine has a sizable GLBT community and a popular gay tourism following, especially the southern coastal region, which extends from the gay resort community of Ogunquit north 40 miles to the state's largest city, Portland, and on up the coast. In fact, according to demographers at UCLA's Williams Institute, based on the percentages of cohabiting GLBT couples, Portland is the 3rd gayest city in the country. Here in Portland each June, the community gathers together to celebrate the Pride Portland Parade & Festival, formerly known as Southern Maine Gay Pride. The date this year is June 21, 2014, but there are a number of related events taking place throughout the preceding 10 days or so, including parties during the big weekend (June 20 through June 22).

Pride Portland includes a parade and festival. The parade typically kicks off at noon at downtown's Monument Square and proceeds to Deering Oaks Park, where the festival - which last year featured performers Amy Allen, the Other Bones, Lauren Bateman, Cherry Lemonade, and more - is held. There are also parties planned in Ogunquit on Friday night and Portland Saturday night, a Dyke March on Saturday, and a tea dance in on Sunday afternoon on beautiful Peaks Island.

Also during this weekend, check out local gay bars and gay-friendly restaurants, and also consider making the short trip down the coast to lovely Ogunquit, which will be plenty busy that weekend. Visit the website Gay Portland Maine for more information on the area, as well as the sites of New England GLBT publications like Boston Spirit Magazine, the Rainbow Times, and Bay Windows. Also, be sure to take a look at the excellent GLBT travel section of the city's official tourism organization, the Portland Maine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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