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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:41 AM

Nashua Chick-Fil-A to Sponsor NH Pride Fest. [View all]


""It started out as a prank," said Manseau, senior director of the NH Pride Fest of his canvassing at the mall. His plan was to plant some NH Pride Fest flyers amongst the Chick-Fil-A catering menus outside the mall-based restaurant, for effect.

"After we made the rounds in the mall with the flyers, we circled back by Chick-Fil-A and we spotted a guy who looked like a manager holding the flyer," Manseau said, who was distributing flyers with fellow event organizers Matthew Richards, 19, and Tara Powell, 27.

"So we went up to him ready to talk, to stand our ground. Shockingly enough, he was the owner, Anthony Piccola. He sat down with us and also with his gay marketing director and he ordered us all lunch. Then he said, 'Are are you looking for sponsors fo this thing?'" Manseau said.

And that's how the owner of a local Chick-Fil-A called for a truce in the midst of a national food fight that has nothing to do with food.

With his offer of event sponsorship, Piccola took a bold stand on what it means to be a part of the community he serves, Manseau said.

"Yeah, there's still paperwork to fill out, but it looks like Chick-Fil-A will be manning a 10-by-10 booth and giving out free food at Pride Fest," Manseau said.

Attempts by Nashua Patch to reach Piccola Tuesday night was unsuccessful. However, a statement quoting Piccola was issued by Pride Fest organizers:"

I would take this story with about as much salt as there is in a large order of fries,.....this story could just be a further continuation of the prank.

BUT if this is true do you think that it will happen? What would your reaction be if you saw the booth at the Pride Fest? Is it possible this person could start a franchise rebellion? or is it more likely he will loose his franchise?

I certainly don't know on this one. Brave fucker though. Gotta give him that.


Okay i just IM'ed with one of the people who is the other flyer-passer in the story and he confirms that this is about as real as it can be for just being in the embryonic stages. He hear all the conversations with the owner. WOW!

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