The Halifax Pride Parade will take to the streets in July after a 2-year hiatus

Members of the LGBTQ community will take to the streets this summer to celebrate and reflect after two years of hosting small-scale or virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Halifax Pride plans to launch a full-scale festival from July 14-24, which will see the return of the parade – one of its biggest and most anticipated events.

“We know the parade is a really important time for our community to celebrate this time of year, but also to recognize the work that’s going on, to acknowledge the shared history we have and the struggles we’ve overcome together. “said Adam Reid, Executive Director of Halifax Pride.

“It was really hard not to have a festival that included that moment.”

While the parade will follow public health guidelines, Reid said Halifax Pride hopes the event and attendance will resemble pre-COVID-19, with floats, costumes, walkers and “all kinds of entertainment and music”.

“We’re really hoping for a return to some sort of pre-pandemic scale and style, activity sets, but of course with enhancements,” Reid said. “We’ve really taken the last few years to reflect and reflect on what we’re doing as an organization, as a team, as a society.”

Reid said the event and route are still being planned, but several community organizations have already begun preparations.

John R. Sylliboy, executive director of the Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliancesaid he wanted Indigenous Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people to feel safe and reflected at this year’s Pride event.

The group’s float, Sylliboy said, “will be a celebration of our culture and identity for two-spirited people.”

Courtney Connor, development officer for the MacPhee Center for Creative Learning, said the centre’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance – a group focused on LGBTQ youth – plans to work with Halifax Pride to organize various events.

“I expect you will see our annual Pride in the Park Picnic again this year for young people and families, and we will certainly provide platforms and opportunities to bring young people to some of the most educational and based events on the memory,” Connor said.

Members of the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ-centric organizations will be entitled to free admission to Pride events.

Reid said throughout the pandemic, LGBTQ people have been disproportionately impacted by things like job and housing insecurity, and this year’s Pride will be a chance to finally come together and live together. to be authentic themselves.

“Coming back fully this year, we know it will be a real benefit to the mental and social health of Haligonians and the queer community,” Reid said.

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