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Yarmouth Pride planning and fundraising for fall parade, other events

Yarmouth held its first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday, Sept. 16. It was pointed out in this parade entry that being gay is illegal in 72 countries.
Yarmouth held its first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. It was pointed out in this parade entry that being gay is illegal in 72 countries. - Tina Comeau

YARMOUTH, N.S. – The Yarmouth Pride Parade and Festival events are only happening in September but planning and preparation is underway now, with some new events added to the lineup of activities.

Yarmouth Pride Parade – which last year saw a very successful inaugural event – will take place Saturday, Sept. 15. The start time will be 2 p.m. with the parade lining up at 1 p.m. The parade will again start at Argyle Street, travel along Main Street, ending at Coronation Park, where a celebration involving entertainment, music, food vendors, community partners and more is planned. Parade registration packages are available by email at yarmouthprideparade@gmail.com or people can text or call 902-746-4413 and ask for Joey. People can also send a message via the Facebook page: Official Yarmouth Pride.

On Friday, Sept. 14, a Pride Under the Stars Movie Night is planned for Coronation Park. The start time is 7 p.m., with showtime at 8 p.m. Refreshments, popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase before and during the movie. People can bring their own blankets and chairs.

The 2014 comedy film Pride will be shown. Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who lend their support and raise money to help families affected by a lengthy British miners' strike in 1984. A line in the film by the activists says, “Mining communities are being bullied just like we are.” The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and received other film awards and nominations. You can view the trailer for the movie here:

Also on Sept. 15, there will be an outdoor concert behind the Red Knight. People must be 19 years or older to attend. Tickets will be selling for $15 in advance or $20 at the event. The event will feature Derrick Barry, who is a Britney Spears impersonator and was also a contestant on Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Advance tickets can be purchased at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/yarmouthprideparadefestval.

Pride event organizers are also looking for sponsors for other events being planned. Those interested in helping can send an email to yarmouthprideparade@gmail.com.

Another upcoming fundraiser, sponsored by the Red Knight and the Blue Lagoon at 73 Stars Road, takes place on Saturday, July 7, to raise money for the Pride events being planned for September.

The Miss Pickles Show, for people aged 19 years and older, will run from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. There will be door prizes. The entry fee is $5.

Meanwhile, organizers of the upcoming Pride parade, which is taking place Sept. 15, say they invite all uniformed police officers to march in the second annual Pride parade in Yarmouth. The organizers say they want their event to be an inclusive one. The organizers issued a statement after a group of protesters at a recent Pride parade in Edmonton demanded that the Pride Society there un-invite the Edmonton Police Service and RCMP from marching in future parades.

Yarmouth’s first-ever Pride parade was held last September to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and to help spread support, understanding and acceptance.

FROM SEPTEMBER 2017: YARMOUTH'S FIRST PRIDE PARADE SEE LOTS OF SUPPORT 

Participation in the parade was very good, with many groups, individuals and businesses taking part. There was a lot of support from the community as Main Street was lined with parade spectators of all ages, many of whom sported rainbow colours and were waving rainbow Pride flags. Many local businesses also displayed Pride flags to coincide with the event. The atmosphere was festive as the parade made its way along its route.

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