July 21, 2024
Modernized Paul Bunyan replaced traditional Paul Bunyan statue alongside the words "Bangor Pride"
Bangor resident Michael Beck shares some positive thoughts about the 2024 Bangor Pride Parade and Festival.

The Bangor Pride Parade and Festival is an event I always circle on my calendar. This year marked my 4th time walking in the parade with the organization Dignity First, and this year’s excitement certainly did not disappoint.

Dignity First volunteers at Bangor Pride 2024
We were ready to march in the parade, rain or shine. Thankfully the clouds got the memo and the rain stopped in time.

This event holds a significant meaning to me personally. I have family and friends who identify as LGBTQIA+ and being at the parade allows me to visibly show my support and celebrate them. It’s a way of saying, “You are seen, you are loved, and you belong here in our community.”

The parade itself was electric! The energy from the crowd lining the streets of Bangor was incredible. Each time a float would pass by, the crowd would let out a fresh cheer, just as loud as the last.

It was heartwarming to see so many residents come out and cheer for inclusivity and love. This outpouring of support truly embodies the spirit of Bangor.

Bangor Pride is a community event through and through. It is more than just smiling, waving, and handing out free stuff. It is about connection and celebrating our neighbors, family, and friends.

Hugs are great. But have you ever had a “I’m so glad to see you and that you’re here” hug in the middle of a parade?

The festival kicked off after the parade ended and was bigger and better than ever. This year it stretched all the way into the Key Bank parking lot, showcasing a vibrant array of local businesses, organizations, and community resources.

Bangor Pride is a wonderful tradition that has spanned over 30 years. It’s a day filled with joy, laughter, and a powerful sense of togetherness. I look forward to participating in this celebration for many years to come, and witnessing Bangor continue to be a beacon of love and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Videos from the Bangor Pride Parade and Festival

NewsCenter Maine’s coverage of the 2024 Bangor Pride Parade and Festival
WABI’s coverage of the 2024 Bangor Pride Parade and Festival
Mark Austin’s video of the entirety of the parade. You can see me doing my phone photography during the parade.