Pride on pa­rade

Pride Cape Bre­ton takes over down­town core on Satur­day as thou­sands watch

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

It may have been a few min­utes late start­ing but this year’s Pride Cape Bre­ton Pa­rade didn’t take long to wind its way through Syd­ney’s down­town core, leav­ing candy, trin­kets and plenty of good will along in its wake.

Thou­sands of peo­ple lined the side­walks on Ge­orge, Townsend, the Es­planade and Ferry streets to watch the fun while pa­rade vol­un­teers passed out treats, toys and me­men­toes of the event, tak­ing place on what was prob­a­bly the busiest week­end of 2017.

In ad­di­tion to the pa­rade, Cape Bre­ton­ers could also at­tend the 2017 Cape Bre­ton Bike Rally in Mem­ber­tou, the tall ships, the Syd­ney Wa­ter­front Fes­ti­val, busker per­for­mances, High­land Vil­lage Day in Iona and Louisbourg Crabfest on Satur­day.

But all of that didn’t stop peo­ple in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade, said Pride Cape Bre­ton chair Aaron La­hey.

“We have dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions which have never been in the pa­rade be­fore so that’s ex­cel­lent,” said La­hey. “There’s lots of dif­fer­ent things to look out for in this pa­rade in­clud­ing our Pride Cape Bre­ton float.”

Among those march­ing in this year’s events were Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity elected of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees, politi­cians, unions, school boards, Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses, fire departments, search and res­cue, the Canadian Coast Guard and a contin­gent from the lo­cal po­lice force of uni­formed and out-of-uni­form per­son­nel.

“This year we have the Eska­soni Pride com­mit­tee as our grand mar­shals lead­ing us in the pa­rade this year,” said La­hey.

This year’s event was broad­cast live on Eastlink, a new spon­sor of the pa­rade.

La­hey said he hoped ev­ery­one would take part in the week’s events fol­low­ing the pa­rade which last un­til Satur­day and that they en­joy them­selves.

“Have a safe and happy pride,” he added.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Rouge Fa­tale and Far­rah watch the crowd while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Pride Cape Bre­ton Pa­rade on Satur­day.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

With Eska­soni Pride as the grand mar­shals, Mem­ber­tou Pride also sent in its own float to par­tic­i­pate in Satur­day’s Pride Cape Bre­ton Pa­rade in Syd­ney.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Uni­formed and out-of-uni­form mem­bers of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice were among those tak­ing part in Satur­day’s Pride Cape Bre­ton Pa­rade in Syd­ney.

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