Charles O’Donnell

June in New England is a time of vibrant celebration, unity, and pride. As cities across the country honor Pride Month, the streets come alive with events that not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community but also foster a spirit of togetherness and involvement. Here’s a guide to some of the must-attend events and happenings in and around Worcester this June.

Boston Pride – For the People

Kick off your Pride Month with a bang at Boston Pride – For the People, taking place on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Although Boston is a short drive from Worcester, the journey is well worth it. This inclusive event promises a day filled with colorful parades, vibrant performances, and a celebration of diversity and equality. It’s an excellent opportunity to join a broader community in support of LGBTQ+ rights and to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.

Providence PrideFest Celebration & Illuminated Night Parade

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15, 2024, when Providence PrideFest Celebration and Illuminated Night Parade take center stage. This event is a highlight of the month, featuring a lively day festival with local vendors, food trucks, live music, and community organizations. As the sun sets, the excitement continues with the Illuminated Night Parade, a dazzling procession of lights and floats that winds through the city streets, showcasing the creativity and spirit of New England’s LGBTQ+ community.

Small Town Pride 2024 in North Brookfield

On June 29, 2024, the quaint town of North Brookfield hosts Small Town Pride 2024, a heartfelt celebration that emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and community in smaller settings. This family-friendly event includes  entertainment and activities designed to bring people together in a show of solidarity and support. It’s a reminder that Pride is not just about large cities but is a movement that touches every corner of society.

Welcome Back to The MB Lounge!

The MB Lounge, a cornerstone of Worcester’s LGBTQ+ nightlife, has reopened and is hosting  Karaoke every Wednesday with DJ Lary, where you can belt out your favorite tunes and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow patrons. Saturdays are equally thrilling with the weekly Saturday Night Dance Party, featuring new looks and entertainment that keep the energy high and the dance floor packed. To cap off June’s festivities, don’t miss the Stone Wall Block Party at MB Lounge on Saturday, June 29, 2024. Hosted by the dynamic duo of resident queens, Gem Stoner and Fat C, this event promises live performances, engaging entertainment, and an unforgettable night of celebration. It’s the perfect way to round off a month of pride and joy in Worcester. Watch for more events on their Facebook and Instagram page!

Get Involved with QueerAF: Art & Fashion

Looking ahead, QueerAF: Art & Fashion is gearing up for a spectacular show on September 6, 2024, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. They’re currently seeking models and volunteers, offering a unique opportunity for those interested in fashion and the arts to get involved. To kick off the preparations, there will be a launch event at The White Room in Worcester on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. This event is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and learn more about how you can contribute to this exciting project. For more details, visit [] or @thequeeraf on Instagram and Facebook!.

June in New England is more than just a time for celebration; it’s a time to come together, get involved, and show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month serves as a reminder of the progress made and the work still to be done in the fight for equality and acceptance. Whether you’re attending a parade, singing at karaoke, or volunteering for an event, your participation helps build a stronger, more inclusive community.

So, step out, embrace the festivities, and make the most of everything New England has to offer this June. Happy Pride!

Thank you, Readers!

XoXo Charles O’Donnell, RDH, MSDH