Pride flags fly proudly at Amherst’s first Pride Pa­rade

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE MATHIESON CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD AMHERST Dy­lan White, left, led Hal­i­fax Pride down Vic­to­ria Street. White is from Amherst but now lives in Hal­i­fax. Hun­dreds of peo­ple lined the pa­rade route and hun­dreds of peo­ple were in the pa­rade it­self.

Gay pride flow­ered into full bloom Satur­day dur­ing Amherst’s in­au­gu­ral Pride Pa­rade.

“I think it’s won­der­ful to have a lo­cal pride pa­rade that sup­ports the LBGTQ (Les­bian, Bi­sex­ual, Gay, Trans­gen­der, Queer) com­mu­nity. It shows we are ac­cept­ing and that in­clu­sion is im­por­tant to our town,” said Char­lotte Fer­gu­son of Amherst.

Fer­gu­son en­joyed the fes­tiv­i­ties at Vic­to­ria Square with her friend Michelle Kane, along with hun­dreds of other peo­ple.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic turnout,” said Kane.

“I think it’s ex­cel­lent for Amherst to be host­ing their first pride pa­rade. There’s a huge turnout here.”

Kane says there are peo­ple in the LBGTQ com­mu­nity who are afraid be­cause they are judged harshly for be­ing who they are.

“They should not be judged,” said Kane. “We should ac­cept peo­ple for who they are.”

Dy­lan White, orig­i­nally from Amherst, was at the pa­rade with a group of friends from Hal­i­fax Pride.

“I think it’s ex­cel­lent for Amherst to be host­ing their first pride pa­rade. There’s a huge turnout here,” said White. “The rain ap­pears to be hold­ing off and hope­fully we’ll see a rain­bow for the event.”

The rain held off for the pa­rade it­self but it did rain be­fore and af­ter the pa­rade mak­ing rain­bows vis­i­ble through­out Amherst.

The pa­rade started on Church Street, wound its way through Prince Arthur and Have­lock Streets, and then down Vic­to­ria Street.

Fer­gu­son, Kane and White said they hope there is an­other pride pa­rade next year.

“Ev­ery­body’s hav­ing a great time,” said Fer­gu­son.

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Many or­ga­ni­za­tions took part

in the Pride Pa­rade, in­clud­ing Mag­gie’s Place. Bill Casey, MP for Cum­berlnd-Colch­ester, had a truck-load of peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing in the Pride Pa­rade.

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Corey Hunter, Pride Pa­rade Grand Mar­shall, waves to the crowd on Church Street.

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