25th Anniversary Block Party

25th Anniversary Block Party

Sunday, November 14, 2021
1:00 – 4:00p; Entertainment begins at 1:15p

FREE event

Orange Street (between Chapel & Crown)
Downtown, New Haven


Join us for the New Haven Pride Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration – a fabulous LGBTQ+ block party / street festival on Orange Street in Downtown New Haven.

The New Haven Pride Center is so excited to bring the community together to celebrate 25 years of serving the LGBTQ+ community of Greater New Haven and Connecticut more broadly! Join us for an afternoon of family-friend fun with activities on Orange Street, in the Center’s Great Room, and in the many incredible businesses of the 9th Square – many of which are LGBTQ+ owned and/or operated! Music, drag, spoken word, and a whole bunch of family AND adult fun!

Also join us for our Drinks & Drag Afterparty from 4:30 – 6:30p! Additional Details at the bottom of the page.

Stage & Activity Schedule

Family zone opens at 1:00p

12:45 – 1:15p | DJ Music

1:15 – 1:45p | Drag Artist Story Hour with Giganta Smalls and Frankie M. Cyanide

1:15 – 1:45p | Sister Funk

Great Room Gallery opens at 2:00p for viewing of Queer Art : Retrospectively

2:00 – 2:30p | Performances from the ChibiCon Show : Where Cosplay Meets Drag

2:30 – 2:45p | DJ Music

2:45 – 3:00p | Performances by the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut

3:15 – 3:45p | Musical Performance by Marc Esposito

3:45 – 4:00p | DJ Music

Family Zone Activities

INTERACTIVE MURAL celebrating the New Haven Pride Center’s 25th Anniversary created by Aly Maderson Quinlog
FACE PAINTING for folks of all ages by
ADULT-SIZED KID GAMES brought to you by Town Green District

Block Party Map

25th Anniversary Partners

The 9th Square is home to many LGBTQ+ owned, managed and/or supportive small businesses! Check out one or more of our 25th Anniversary Partners during the block party and 10% of your purchase will support the New Haven Pride Center’s programming!

56 Orange Street
Elm City Games
71 Orange Street
G Cafe Bakery
141 Orange Street
Life Bowls
97 Orange Street
Pine & Iron Axe Throwing
770 Chapel Street
151 Orange Street

Your Hosts & DJ

Dolores Dégagé Hopkins

Sparkle A. Diamond

DJ Chris Gallo


Sister Funk

Giganta Smalls

Frankie M. Cyanide

ChibiCon Show : Where Cosplay Meets Drag

Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut

Marc Esposito

Drag & Drinks Afterparty

Sunday, November 14, 2021
4:30 – 6:30p; Entertainment begins at 5:00p

FREE event

Blue Orchid
130 Court Street, New Haven


Help us keep the celebration going and join us for our Drag & Drinks Afterparty!

Grab a drink and some yummy food at New Haven’s newest LGBTQ+ owned restaurant while continuing to support and Celebrate the New Haven Pride Center’s 25th Anniversary. Socialize and engage with community, meet some of New Haven’s incredible drag artists, and be entertained by a fabulous show. Hosted by Connecticut’s queen of comedy and impersonations Loosey LaDuca and with entertainment by Midnight, Mx PRIDE New Haven 2021 Tiana Maxim Rose, and Miss PRIDE New Haven 2019 Mz October May Lay.

10% of all food and drink sales will benefit the New Haven Pride Center.

Thank You to Our Sponsor
Blue Orchid Logo



Jayde Aloura

Loosey LaDuca

Tiana Maxim Rose

Mz October May Lay

Crystal Starz