A time to celebrate
P.E.I. Pride Festival 2017 wraps up today with a Pride parade, Pride in the Park celebration and a Pride after Dark party
Chelsey Rogerson said the Pride parade in Charlottetown is going to be a big one this year.
Rogerson, communications co-ordinator for Pride P.E.I., said they have received more than 150 individual registrations for the parade.
She says she personally can’t wait to see everyone express their individuality and creativity.
“We are really looking forward to it,” said Rogerson. “We have a wide range of people that are going to be included from political groups to religious groups to local businesses to people in the community.”
The 2017 festival kicked off last Sunday at Trinity United Church with a ‘My love colours outside of the lines’ theme and wraps up today with the parade, Pride in the Park celebration and a Pride after Dark party.
The parade marshal for this year’s Pride parade is Danny Evans, a local hairstylist in Charlottetown.
“He’s really been part of the community for over 30 years,” said Rogerson. “He is someone that is very well know and he also dresses in drag and his drag name is Amber Flames.”
Rogerson said the atmosphere at the parade is going to be overwhelmingly happy.
“It’s really a time to celebrate who we are, celebrate diversity, celebrate inclusion, celebrate equality and just let people have their moment.”
Rogerson also feels the comments made recently by Paul MacGregor, owner of Skip’s Fish ‘n’ Chips, regarding the rainbow-coloured sidewalks have made more people step forward and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.
“I think it has actually created more of a motivated unity among the community to spread positivity.”
Rogerson said the final event, the Pride after Dark party, is going to one of the most “complex shows” they’ve ever had with performances by aerialists from Aerial Warehouse, the Charlottetown burlesque group and off-Island drag queens.
“It will be a very interactive night,” said Rogerson. “There will be a DJ and dance as well, so it will be just a really fun way to cap off Pride week.”
Rogerson says she is happy to see that the P.E.I. Pride Festival seems to grow every year, but she admits more education needs to happen within the community.
Pride P.E.I. will continue to educate the public, she said, and offer a safe space for those in the queer community.
Shawna MacAusland, left, Nima Morady and Chelsey Rogerson, board members with Pride P.E.I., enjoy bowling on Friday night at The Alley in Charlottetown as part of the P.E.I. Pride Festival 2017.