Wilton Pride, in partnership with the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT), is pleased to announce the first annual Push N’ Pull Parade happening Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the NRVT in Wilton.
The event will feature music, festivities, flare, ‘Best’ contests, and much more. The Parade is part of Be You, a series of events organized by Wilton Pride in collaboration with town organizations and businesses to celebrate Pride Month in June.
“We know that the NRVT is one of the most loved treasures of our community and we embrace the opportunity to collaborate with Wilton Pride and showcase the NRVT’s accessibility to all by celebrating with a parade on the NRVT. The Wilton Pride Push N’ Pull Parade is a fun and healthy way to raise awareness, get people outdoors enjoying the woods, and most importantly proudly supporting our queer community!”, stated NRVT Executive Director, Andrea Gartner
Farah Masani, President of Wilton Pride noted, “It is important to come together as a community in as many ways as possible to create a safe and healthy space where we can celebrate LGBTQ+ families of Wilton and beyond. Wilton Pride continues to collaborate with anchors of the community that share our vision of making Wilton a place where the LGBTQ+ community is welcome, safe, supported, and celebrated. We are excited to share this magical and festive afternoon with our Wilton Community!”
Sunday, June 25 from 1 - 4 PM promises to be an afternoon of fun and activities for all ages: Parade and Party with Pride on the NRVT!
Start out at the trailhead on Rt. 7 at Wolfpit Road, best accessed from across from the commuter parking lot in Wilton. Once there, participants will check-in with registration, be motivated to get into the parade spirit (including a selfie booth full with props and swag), and encouraged to enter the ‘Best’ contests (details below).
Then paraders will take their Pride to the Trail!
Walk, dance, run, bike, stroll, roll, and enjoy the beautiful NRVT. The parade route leads to the parking lot at Sharp Hill Road & Autumn Ridge Drive for the next bit of fun.
Once there, participants can enjoy some treats, listen to music, and hang out. There will be an opportunity to meet new people, learn about Proud Academy, Pollinator Pathways, and different ways to support the NRVT and Wilton Pride. Also, all the ‘Best’ contest winners will be announced here!
Pride Best Dressed Contest: Make sure to Dress To Impress! Prizes awarded in the following categories:
* Best Embodiment of PRIDE
* Best Use of Color
* Best Creative Use of Flare
There will be one winner in each category. Entrants must have proof of ticket purchase to be considered in the competition.
All proceeds support NRVT + Wilton Pride: Both organizations rely on community
contributors to fund our great work in this community that we love. We love and appreciate our supporters!
Wilton Pride’s partnership with the NRVT marks the newest addition to a
growing list of noteworthy collaborations with recently established Wilton Pride and it's
mission to support our LGBTQ+ community and allies. Other participating partners
include Wilton Library, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Wilton Youth Council, Trackside Teen Center, Middlebrook PTA, Wilton High School PTSA, Middlebrook GSA, Wilton High School GSA, Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention, Kids in Crisis, and members of Girl Scout Troop #50798.
For more information, please visit Wilton Pride on Instagram @wiltonctpride or