NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A celebration of pride in the Elm City! The New Haven LGBTQ community kicked off a weeklong festival of culture, art, and history with a flag raising on the green on Monday.

“Raising a flag as part of any community event, particularly that for a minority community is really important It is a visible sign to the world that the City of New Haven stands with LGBTQ people, both here and across our country and around our world,” said Patrick J. Dunn, Executive Director of New Haven Pride Center.

The celebrations will span eight days and feature 25 different events, culminating with Pride-Fest on Saturday. Organizers are proud to say that it will be held on the green for the first time since 2004.

The highlight of Monday’s ceremony was the raising of Daniel Quasar’s Progress Forward Pride flag.

“You look at what’s going on in the rest of the world, some of the dialogue that we see in the United States that tearing each other down,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “We not only reject that behavior in New Haven, but we very proactively support and call out what we’re proud about and that is a place that welcomes everyone.”