You read that right!  Connecticut is having another fabulous Pride festival – On the Beach in New London!

Here’s what to look forward to from our friends at OutCT:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ocean Beach Park, New London

Live entertainment, vendors on the boardwalk, GLBTQ resources, activities for all ages, bar and patio overlooking the Long Island Sound, and more….your typical pride festival but it is on the beach!

Ocean Beach Park has a wide sandy beach along the Long Island Sound, 1/2 mile boardwalk, olympic size swimming pool, playground and splash park, waterslides, kiddie rides, and mini-golf. There is an ice-cream stand, snack bar/cafe, gift shop, and a bar/lounge which also serves food on deck overlooking the ocean.

Click on the links below to see event details:

Entertainment

The main stage is hosted by comedian Erin Foley…live acts include Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, Carrie Ashton Band, Freedom Trail Band, Arlene Wow, Gramma’s Attic Showcase presents Harper & Owens and Camacho.  Lineup also includes African drumming, Native American dancing, hoop dancing, zumba, and roving performances by the Mystic Paper Beasts.  Drag performances are in between acts; and, day ends with Tea Dance with DJ Kid Nocturnal.

Community Forums

There is indoor meeting space at the park to discuss issues that impact the glbtq community.  Topics to be discussed include adoption, LGBT health, and trans issues.

Family Activities

Face painting, zumba, hoop dancing, waterslides, splash park, arcade, mini golf, kiddie rides, and playground will keep the children entertained in addition to the sandy beach.

Volleyball

Ocean State Pride Volleyball League will have a tournament on the beach along with some open play for everyone.

Meet and Greets

Nautilus deck is private area with cash bar overlooking the Long Island Sound.  Every hour is a special meet and greet for people to gather.   Have a chance to meet politicians, celebrities, or just mingle with other queers.  Special audiences include women, sports enthusiasts, over 50, youth, and state roller derby leagues.

Teen Activities

There is a meet and greet for ages 13-19 at Nautilus Deck at 6:00 pm.  Volleyball is also open to all ages and drop-in games are from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the courts with rainbow flags.  Don’t miss youth from New London provide an hour of entertainment at the main stage at 4:00 pm.

PrideGuide

Businesses and organizations share their information in this resource guide that also includes information about the day along with park map.

Vendors – merchandise, informations, resources

Buy pride merchandise, gifts, and gather information from local churches, organizations, and civic associations.  Many glbtq groups represented.

Sponsors

Take a look at the businesses (through the weblink above) that made this event possible.  AARP, Veolia Water Authority, Curve Magazine, Mohegan Sun, Sayet & Seder Attorneys at Law, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Wheeling City Tours who may be zipping along the boardwalk in their segways.  And, make plans to stay for the weekend by booking reservations at Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun, the official hotel sponsor of Pride at the Beach.  Be sure to listen to Jammin’ 107.7 for broadcasts about the event.

Visitor Information

Find out more about Ocean Beach Park and New London along with hotel and transportation sources in the area.