Thursday, July 19, 2012
Halifax Pride has come a long way from the first Pride in 1987, when 75 marchers took to the streets of Halifax. Organizers expect 100,000 people to take in this year’s Pride Parade on July 28. Metro Halifax File
Taking Pride in what they have built Celebration. Marking its 25th anniversary, Halifax Pride has come a long way since 1987 Jon Tattrie For Metro
Halifax’s Pride festival is throwing a city-wide party this year to celebrate its 25th birthday. The theme for 2012 is “Celebrate what we’ve built.” Chairwoman Krista Snow says Halifax Pride has come a long way from the first Pride
in 1987, when a group of 75 defiant marchers took to the streets of Halifax. A YouTube video called Halifax Pride March 1989 shows a small group chanting protest slogans and walking along empty streets. Only half the road was closed and cars zoomed by in the opposite direction. Today, the full route is blocked off and a wide-ranging crowd stands
several people deep to cheer the floats. “Twenty-five years ago it was more of a protest than a festival, and that’s what it should have been. Now, our mandate is strictly to put on a festival. We’re not a protest, we’re not political. We put on a party,” Snow says. “The sheer volume of people we get now ... we get people from across Canada and the U.S.” Organizers expect 100,000 people to watch Atlantic Canada’s biggest Pride parade on July 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. It will also be shown live on
Time to party
“Twenty-five years ago it was more of a protest than a festival, and that’s what it should have been. Now, our mandate is strictly to put on a festival. We’re not a protest, we’re not political. We put on a party.” Krista Snow, Halifax Pride chairwoman
Eastlink TV for the first time. The colour bricks used in Pride this year symbolize the community foundations that have been built since 1987. “We have an amazing history to look back upon and it is important to remember
the freedoms we have gained, and the hearts and minds that have been opened,” Snow says. “There is still work to be done, but we are a strong community and we will continue laying bricks, building toward a proud and
inclusive future.” Other popular events include the Dykes vs. Divas softball game Sunday, which is expected to draw 3,000 spectators, the Queer Acts Theatre Festival, music, facepainting and lectures. There are also inter-faith services, dance parties, movies, comedy nights and drag shows. As an extra Pride bonus this year, gay icon Cyndi Lauper will perform at Casino Nova Scotia on July 27. Pride Week runs from July 20-29. Check out HalifaxPride.ca for details.
COME CELEBRATE WHAT WE’VE BUILT. JULY 19 – 22, 2012 / $12 Regular, $10 Student / Senior / Underwaged An extravaganza of performance for and by Halifax’s lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer community and their allies. Check halifaxpride.com for showtimes.
MOVIE, BEYOND GAY Empire Parklane, 5657 Spring Garden Rd.
JULY 20, 2012 / 5PM / By Donation Vancouver filmmaker Bob Christie’s documentary, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride is a timely reminder of the various struggles facing Pride organizers around the world.
Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.
QUEER ACTS THEATRE FESTIVAL
Spring Garden Road Library, front lawn, 5639 Spring Garden Rd.
JULY 20, 2012 / 7:30PM / FREE First annual international LGBT rights vigil, highlighting the countries and the LGBT people who live in them, who do not yet have the benefit of legal victories.
Visit halifaxpride.com for more event and community details.