Organizers of Pride at the Centre say LGBTQ+ Pride is not limited to Edmonton.
The officials behind the annual event in the city cancelled 2019’s festival in April. Reports around the announcement stated organizers cancelled because of political and safety concerns. Upon hearing the news, Twyla McGann and the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain moved to make an event of their own for the public.
It will be the first-ever pride event for the centre and will take place June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We wanted to be sure people have a place to go to be active in the community,” she said. “From there it evolved into more ideas, a fostering of pride-type event and then ultimately we arrived at Pride at the Centre.”
It will be free for people to attend and organizers are aiming for 100-500 to show up. McGann added when they were putting it together, she and centre staff were amazed by how quickly community members from the Tri-Region came out and formed a committee to help out.