Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be overflow parking in case the lot at Maple Street Park is full?

Yes, overflow parking will be available across the street at Albert D Lawton Intermediate School and the United Methodist Church. We will have someone on site to help attendees cross the street. 

This year we also have parking available at the First Congregational Church on Main Street and Essex High School. These are excellent locations to park and bike due to their distance.

VERY IMPORTANT: There is no crossing Maple Street unless at a crosswalk. Please use the crosswalks and stay to the side of the road or on the sidewalk. No one should be walking or standing in the road.

Is there a rain date/rain plan?

The Essex Pride Festival will happen, rain or shine. In the very unfortunate event that it rains, we'll use the pavilions and resources at Maple Street Park.

What's an appropriate age to attend the Festival? Can I bring my kids?

That's 100% your call, but we're bringing our kids along! The Essex Pride Festival is an all-ages event. The Festival is happening in a public park, which means we're following all required rules and regulations. Also, there's no alcohol allowed on the premises, so the Festival will be alcohol-free. If you don't think it's a good idea for a drag queen to read a fairy tale to a field full of people (including youth), then this event probably isn't for you anyways.

Where can I donate to Essex Pride?

You can support us here.

Can I bring my dog/ pet?

While we love our furry companions, per Maple Street Park rules there are no pets allowed. Service animals are the exception.

I've heard something about a parade?

Yes! Bring your flags, signs, and wear your favorite Pride outfit and join us at the Park entrance as we walk/roll together from the front of the Park to the Festival site. No vehicles are allowed, but we encourage you to bring any wagons or bikes you have. The parade starts promptly at 1PM. 

What seating will be provided?

We'll have picnic tables set up around the Festival site as well as a few park benches. For those who wish to watch the performances, we encourage you to bring your own blankets or chairs and set up your own space on the soccer field to watch. 

**Keep checking back. We'll add more questions and answers as we receive them.**