Pride flags fly proudly at Amherst’s first Pride Parade
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.
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.
Corey Hunter, Pride Parade Grand Marshall, waves to the crowd on Church Street.