2021 Festival Information

JUNE 19th, 2021 | ARMS PARK | MANCHESTER, NH | 12-6

Queen City Pride is a non-profit organization. This years festival is proudly brought to you by volunteers & partnerships with our sponsors.



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Queen City Pride Festival

JUNE 19th, 2021 | ARMS PARK | MANCHESTER, NH | 12-6

Our 2021 Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Festival Map

Festival Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Erica Allen, PFLag-NH

Ms. Allen was born and raised in New Jersey and, before moving to Concord, New Hampshire with her wife in 1997, spent many years living in France and Oregon.  They have two children and a grandson.  She and her wife love to travel, especially to Brittany, France.  She works as an Information Technology Manager at the State of New Hampshire, where she manages a team of twenty technicians who administer security, email, identity, and data access  for over 10,000 State of New Hampshire employees.  Earlier in her life, she worked as a professional chef and was an activist for environmental causes.  To this day, she continues to be passionate about food and entertaining.  She also loves baseball, yoga, foosball, pool, and darts.

Ms. Allen’s involvement with PFLAG New Hampshire started in March 2018 when she began attending the monthly support sessions in Concord.  She had started her transition a few years earlier and was excited to discover a supportive and caring organization nearby.  She joined the PFLAG New Hampshire State Board in October 2018 and currently serves as the organization’s President.  She uses her life experiences to lead, educate, advocate, and give voice to those in the LGBTQ community who are struggling to find their own.  She travels throughout New Hampshire sharing the PFLAG message and her personal story of life as a trans woman to diverse groups such as colleges, schools, libraries, places of worship, government agencies, health care providers, correctional facilities, transitional housing organizations, and political groups.  

Her biggest life challenge was with finding a way to work through her transition with her wife and at work.  Throughout her life she hid her identity due to the fear of sacrificing connections with family, friends, and community, and of losing power in the workplace.  The good news is, that after completing her transition, she remains married, is welcomed and loved by family and friends, and continues to be successful in her position at the State of New Hampshire.

Dr. Chris Matthews
Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Chris Matthews is an educator and scholar dedicated to creating opportunities that allow us to grow and learn together. As society becomes more connected and aware of the social inequities that exist, there is a growing need to provide to practice empathy. He believes we must acknowledge that there are things we do not know and be willing to accept things that make us uncomfortable.

Special interest include:
* The effects of culture on employee motivation, performance, and behavior
* The historical relevance of economic, political, and cultural factors in Buenos Aires and the impact on worker motivation
* Factors necessary to create a society of motivated and productive citizens
* Ethnic Co-existence: Living as One in a Global Society
* Current trade and business practices between the United States and Japan

Councilor Palana Belken
City of Rochester, NH

Palana Belken is a mover and shaker that proudly calls the Seacoast home.

Palana currently serves as a Rochester City Councilor, and is the first openly transgender person to be elected to a city council in New Hampshire. Her extensive LGBTQ-centric work has included organizing trans and gender non-conforming folks with the ACLU of New Hampshire, managing cafe-turned-queer-oasis Teatotaller, and as a co-founder of the Affirming Spaces Project, a new non-profit organization aiming to make New Hampshire a more affirming place for folks of all gender identities.

In 2020, Palana made The Advocate’s Champions of Pride list and authored an extensive report about transgender students for ACLU-NH titled “The Case For Lived Equality in the Classroom”.

Palana lives in Rochester with her partner Cora and their dogs, Maebyl and Bozzi. She is currently working for the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition.

Hershey Hirschkop
Executive Director & CEO of Seacoast Outright

Hershey Hirschkop (she/her/hers) cut her teeth at Gay Community News in Boston, at the time one of the few lesbian and gay national newspapers in the US. Her life as an activist took many turns, but never ceased. While the majority of her career was spent first as an architect, and later in non-profit affordable and supportive housing development, she has stayed involved in key social justice issues, including affordable housing and LGBTQ rights.

Aside from late nights catching up on email, Hershey enjoys birding, beekeeping, and admits to being born and raised in Massachusetts. She is now settled in Seacoast Maine with her partner of many years, as well as a variety of farm critters.

Manny Content
Manchester Police Department

Proud Dad & Manchester, NH Police Commissioner


Answers to some common questions:

  • Festival starts at noon. Ends at six.
  • A ticket IS NOT required for entry. We request pre-registration so we can help our vendors plan for the number of attendees.
  • Food will be available for sale at the Food Trucks.
  • Alcohol will be available for purchase. Alcohol must be consumed within the designated limits.
  • Pets are allowed but, must be kept on leashes.
  • Vendors will be selling products. Queen City Pride is NOT involved in any transactions between the vendor and attendee.
  • Entertainment will consist of live DJ, drag performances, dancers and signers.
  • All entertainers are performing for FREE. Please view the Festival Program or visit the stage to learn how you can send them tips!
  • Dress comfortably. Be yourself.
  • Parking is available for FREE at Arms Park Lot, adjacent to the Festival.
  • Tru Hilton is offering hotel discounts and is directly across the street from the Festival. Reserve here.

In order to respond to evolving social concerns regarding COVID, we are implementing the following precautions for our festival:

  • Masks are recommended
  • Proof of vaccination is not required
  • Free masks/face shields will be provided to all vendors to wear at their discretion
  • Sanitizer will be provided to all vendors and at the Welcome Table
  • Social distancing reminders will be announced throughout the event

View our Queen City Pride Festival 2021 Compliance with COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Fairs & Festivals, per NH Requirements.

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We can use donations throughout the year to help our Community and events.  Any and all donations are welcome: $$$, clothing, emotional support, food/drink, safe rides after festival, sober space, equipment, tables/chairs for Festival.