The third annual West Hartford Pride celebration is Saturday

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The West Hartford Pride celebration will return to Blue Back Square on Saturday to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

The free, public event will start with a rally on the steps of the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. with speeches from LGBTQ youth, state delegates and federal lawmakers, before moving to Isham Street in Blue Back Square for the main festival from noon to 6 p.m.

“This rally spotlights what we are doing here in West Hartford and in Connecticut to protect and embrace the LGBTQIA+ community in face of ever-restrictive legislation being passed across the country,” the West Hartford Pride Planning Committee said in a release for the event.

The family-friendly festival, sponsored by the town of West Hartford, Blue Back Square and, celebrates LGBTQ Pride through “arts, culture, music and performance,” and highlights West Hartford businesses and venues.

“West Hartford Pride welcomes people from across the spectrum of age, gender identity, race, sexuality, ability and class. This promises to be an event where everyone can see a piece of themselves celebrated,” the West Hartford Pride Planning Committee wrote.

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