Northampton prepares for its 36th annual Pride Parade

Up to 15,000 people expected to take part in march on Saturday

Northampton Pride March preview

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Northampton is expecting about 35,000 people to crowd Main Street, including the 10,000 to 15,000 people expected to march on Saturday. Business owners have already placed flags outside their stores in support of the LGBT community.

Northampton Pride is organizing the event. They coordinated with Boston Pride and Worcester Pride this year to create their theme: “Stronger Together“. Their goal is to have a coordinated regional approach that will send a stronger message of equality to the community.

“We are going to be a combination of both politics and celebration,” spokesperson JM Sorrell explained. “So the theme ‘Stronger Together’ means that we have allies who are with us.”

The parade starts at noon at the intersection of Hampden Avenue and Old South Street, right by City Hall. It ends at the Three County Fairgrounds where there will be a festival with free parking.

Anyone who is coming is encouraged to park at the Fairgrounds, and then walk up to Main Street for the parade.