Today thousands gathered on the streets of downtown to take in the phenomenon that was the Calgary Pride Parade. With over 150 different entries and groups represented, spectators got to show their support as they watched the hundreds marching proudly down the streets.
With the 27th Annual Calgary Pride Festival running from August 25th to September 4th, Calgarian’s couldn’t have asked for a better way to bring the festival to a close. It truly was an amazing sight to behold as you walked through the streets and saw hundreds of waving flags and people of all ages cheering for the marchers.
As the parade finished it’s rounds, both marchers and attendees gathered at Prince’s Island Park for the wrap up. Food trucks lined the walkways and people stood in lineups to enter the beer gardens, as individuals took to the main stage.
There were various speeches and expressions of gratitude from a list of speakers including, Premier Rachel Notley, ATB Financial President Dave Mowat, Parade Marshal Lois Szabo, and Calgary Pride President Jason Kingsley. Mayor Naheed Nenshi also took to the stage where he spoke to the importance of community and the role that each of us can play in standing up for what’s right.
The party continued with amazing performances and acts to celebrate our city’s acceptance of all those who reside in it.
The festival will all be coming to a close tomorrow as The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presenting tonight at 11:30 pm, and the Calgary Pride Official After-Party will be wrapping up in the early hours of the morning at Twisted Element.
We couldn’t have asked for a better way for Calgary to showcase it’s unity and acceptance than with another fantastic festival coming to a close.