Parade wraps up Pride Week on P.E.I.

Mitch MacDonald
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Rainbow flags and tight, bright clothing filled Charlottetown's streets and Victoria Park Saturday.

A colourful parade though the downtown core marked the end of the 16th annual Pride Week on Prince Edward Island.

With the parade seeing a large turnout from both participants and bystanders watching, Tyler Murnaghan, co-chair of the Abegweit Rainbow Collective of P.E.I.,  said community support was also strong for many of the events throughout the week.

“Islanders across the whole province have shown up for our events. We had 135 people out to our gala last night, that was an amazing number,” said Murnaghan. “The parade is probably the funnest one (event) of the year.”

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The intersection of University Avenue and Grafton Street was one of the busiest spots in the parade.

A large group of bystanders in front of the cenotaph cheered and clapped as the group rolled by.

It wasn’t only Islanders that took part in the parade.

Adam Reid, a board member of Halifax Pride, was one of several Nova Scotia residents that took part in the event.

“We like to support all the other prides in the area,” said Reid. “I don’t know if I knew what to expect but it was really nice and was well attended. Lots of people on the streets, it was great.”

Reid and another member of Halifax Pride had driven the route in a van decorated with a theme of “Once Upon A Pride.”

The theme mixed fantasy characters with minorities of the gay community, including a mermaid in a wheelchair as well as three blind mice.

“It was a little play on combining fantasy characters as well as individuals from the gay community,” said Reid. “We definitely have people from all walks of life in the community, it can be hard to represent everyone but we do our best.”

The parade took a different route than originally planned.

It started at the government buildings and went down Euston Street before turning onto University Avenue.

The parade then turned onto Grafton Street before heading back to the government buildings.

The route was followed by the Pride in the Park celebrations at Victoria Park.

Shawna MacAusland, co-chair of the Abegweit Rainbow Collective of P.E.I., said the event was exciting way to cap off Pride Week 2014.

“We had a really good turnout and a lot of positive energy,” said MacAusland. “It’s just really nice to see the community come together.”

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Grafton Street, Charlottetown Nova Scotia Euston Street

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  • David
    August 08, 2014 - 14:27

    PRIDE is necessary; For those who have never had to live with discrimination, you absolutely do not know what you are talking about! Let us teach you. In Moncton where I lived, the gays and lesbians wanted a weekly dance. The only place that offered us space was a Howard Johnson on the outskirts of the city. We had to hire private security as part of the deal as the hotel did not want to be responsible for injuries to us!. The crowds that came were in the hundreds for these dances. Eventually an organization that had frequent functions at the hotel said either the gays go or we go. Well it was us that went, but I never blamed the hotel, they had to take care of their business. We have to deal with name calling while simply walking down the street. A large hotel in the city of Moncton had a lounge which was a great place to go, quiet music and comfortable furniture. We were escorted out and told that "our kind" was not welcome there. So yes, pride is necessary... we have come a long way since those days, so if we want to act up and dress up in a parade, it is to celebrate what we have accomplished... leave us alone. We now have rights. Let us celebrate!

  • Mark
    August 04, 2014 - 20:51

    I have to agree with Michael on this one. Some of the comments are the typical ignorant statements of 'who cares' 'circus' etc. They have no idea how uneducated they sound but what can one expect from uneducated people. Live and let live people. Now go educate yourself....

    • come now
      August 05, 2014 - 12:21

      WHO IS UN EDUCATED ,IF THE SHOE FITS ,NOW NOW YOU MUST ADMIT THE MORE YOU GO ON AND ON PEOPLE WILL ONLY TURN YOU OF OR SAY LIKE MANY MY AGE WHO ARE THEY TRING TO IMPRESS .

  • Michael
    August 03, 2014 - 18:51

    This is amazing to see in a province with such a small population! Glad to hear that the LGBTQ community has a chance to celebrate themselves. On the other hand, I am not surprised to see these close-minded comments that are symptomatic of a province with such a small population, an even smaller percentage of whom finished any kind of post-secondary education. It is a shame to see that even now, people can still refer to a pride parade as a "circus" when half of the girls in PEI are more likely to get pregnant than get a diploma.

  • Hubert
    August 03, 2014 - 16:33

    Phenomenal! Elated at the turnout and support! Great to see so much positivity and togetherness in this celebration, great job everyone!

  • come now
    August 03, 2014 - 12:41

    Do we not have any other news on PEI to talk about but the gay and cross gender people her . BOY AM I EVER GLADE THE WEEK HAS ENDED . Now what about us normal people are we going to have our week .

  • Andre'
    August 03, 2014 - 09:56

    I am confused, at my age; Rainbow flags and tight, bright clothing? What of/for the young in and about this parade? When they get older, will males stand on head and feet spread eagle; females would be standing upright on one hand, with feet pointing north sideward?

  • Cromwell
    August 03, 2014 - 06:18

    According to the CBC, 'hundreds lined the streets....', which clearly means that many thousands didn't. At what point do homosexuals recognise that while their activities are no longer denigrated (and rightly so), the vast majority of the population on PEI and elsewhere do not actively support the manner in which they choose to demonstrate their sexual and lifestyle choices - too much of 'the circus has come to town'.

  • Dave
    August 02, 2014 - 18:59

    These parades are very counter-productive. Instead of showing how they are the same as straight people, they dress ridiculously and act flamboyantly, furthering the negative stereotypes. I thought the goal of LGBT groups was to demonstrate what a small part of someone's identity homosexuality is, but when I see parades and what not, they are just showing how different they are.