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 Southern Maine Pride Parade & Festival, which is in its 28th edition this year. The expected date is June 14, 2014 (to be confirmed).
Southern Maine Gay Pride in 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 from 1 until 5 pm. Here's a map of the Southern Maine Gay Pride parade route.
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.