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PPS To Participate in Pride Parade June 18

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PPS To Participate in Pride Parade June 18
Posted on 06/17/2022
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The Portland Public Schools will participate in the Pride Portland! Parade on Saturday, June 18, as the parade returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At this year’s parade, the Portland Public Schools will renew its commitment to celebrating and making visible the contributions and identities of our LGBTQ+ staff, students and partners,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “We will once again have a float entry in the parade, and I invite staff, students, families and others to join us in marching.”

Except for the two-year gap, the Portland Public Schools has participated in the event every year since 2015, and its yellow school bus float is a previous best-themed float winner.

The Pride Portland! Parade is an annual event that celebrates inclusivity, diversity and unity. This year’s event begins at 1 p.m. at Monument Square. Portland Public Schools students, staff and families and friends are invited to arrive beforehand to line up to march with the district’s float.

From Monument Square, the route proceeds down Congress Street to Congress Square, then goes down High Street to Park Avenue, from which it enters into Deering Oaks Park. A Pride Festival will take place in the park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more.

The district’s participation in the parade sends an important message to our students, staff, families and the community that the district works to foster harmony and understanding, and that it welcomes and values everyone in the Portland Public Schools.

WHAT: Portland Public Schools participates in Pride Portland! Parade 2022

WHEN: Saturday, June 18. Parade starts at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  Parade begins at Monument Square and ends at Deering Oaks Park 

WHO:  Members of the Portland Public Schools family – students, staff and PPS families and friends – are invited to march along with the district’s float.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with approximately 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 50 languages. 51 percent of the district’s students are white and 49 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.