What started in 1990 as group of over 100 people rallying in Central Memorial park has evolved into something far more impactful. On Sunday, September 4th, Calgarians will stand by one another literally and figuratively as we celebrate the city’s 26th annual Pride Parade.
The parade draws participation from people of all walks of life and many public figures take part. Premier Rachel Notley announced that she plans to attend her third consecutive Pride Parade on Sunday, September 4.
Notley says she’s looking forward to being a part of the parade that celebrates the strides that the LGBTQ community continues to make for equal rights; saying “Our government stands with you in ensuring safe and inclusive schools for our kids, protecting gender identity and expression in law, and fostering an inclusive province where all Albertans have opportunities to succeed”.
The main parade is being grand-marshalled by non-binary singer-songwriter Rae Spoon. Outside of the main parade, there are over 30 other pride-related events that begin on August 26th. Activities include gay bingo, a black tie affair, history walks, and a dyke and trans march. The organization is expecting to draw over 4,000 participants and 60,000 spectators.
Check out what’s going on day by day at http://www.calgarypride.ca/!