Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 11, 2016
2016 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pride In Manchester, a week full of free activities for all ages. Pride celebrates our town's heritage -- past, present, and future -- music, art, and history!
Pride Week starts with Imagine Main Street on Thursday, June 2 Downtown; then a Senior Dance on Friday, June 3 at the Senior Center. Our FREE Outdoor Concert in the Park
at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in Downtown's Center Memorial Park, will include a program honoring our Hometown Heroes. Food available from vendors throughout the evening. More about this fabulous outdoor concert at
Pride and Heritage Events. Rain date: Sunday, June 5. Pride week culminates with Free Museum Day in the Historic District on Saturday, June 11.
Throughout the week there are also many independently sponsored events, including an Art Show and Sale in Center Memorial Park, a family hike, children's bike rodeo, library book sale, veterans lunch, and a Flag Day ceremony.
A bit of history about Manchester's Pride week: The late Joseph Negri, a former member of the Board of Directors,
started Pride In Manchester Week as a one-day event, when residents volunteered their time cleaning up the streets of
Manchester. The program grew each year, adding a senior dance, roller-skating party, and a concert. Our programs have now
expanded to a week-long celebration of Manchester, inviting community organizations to participate by offering free events to the public. From 1991 to 2015, Heritage Day was held on the final Saturday of Pride week, and it was based on "Homeland Day," a day set aside in 1914 by Cheney Brothers to recognize and
celebrate the many ethnic backgrounds of those who came to Manchester to work in the Cheney silk mills. This year we are combining Heritage Day with the Concert in the Park on the first Saturday of June.
Since 2011, the Pride Committee has honored "Hometown Heroes" each June, "to recognize people in our community who have
supported, served, volunteered, and given their time and talents without the recognition they deserve." Joyce Hodgson,
chairperson of Pride Week in 2011, 2012, and 2013, organized the program in 2011 to celebrate Pride's 20th Anniversary.
She said, "Hometown Heroes have served the community over long periods. These people awe and inspire us to do better, be
better, and give back to Manchester all that it's given to us." A tree has been planted for each Hometown Hero, through the Town's tree program. The Committee welcomes comments or nominations from the public. Click
Hometown Heroes to read
about the award winners. To nominate someone for a Hometown Hero award, click
Pride Week webmaster.
The Pride In Manchester committee is comprised of volunteers from the community who raise funds, organize events, and publicize the programs to provide interesting
cultural, social, educational and recreational activities. Some of our members have been serving on the committee since
its inception. Pride activities are funded by generous donations from local businesses and individuals, as well as by the
Town of Manchester and the SBM Charitable Foundation.