Pride events com­ing to An­napo­lis Val­ley

Two weeks of Pride events planned to raise aware­ness, cel­e­brate di­ver­sity

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July is Pride Month, and for Mike But­ler, that’s a great thing. “Sounds funny for me to say that be­cause ev­ery day, for me, is Pride some­thing or other,” he says. “When you live it, it makes the month seem like an ex­ten­sion of your usual cel­e­brat­ing of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.”

But­ler is ex­cited for the Pride events in the Val­ley this year, with two weeks of spe­cial events planned to raise aware­ness and cel­e­brate di­ver­sity.

On July 14, the two-week Pride cel­e­bra­tion will be kicked off with a Pride flag rais­ing cel­e­bra­tion at Wolfville’s wa­ter­front park at 4 p. m. — and will also co­in­cide with But­ler’s wed­ding to his part­ner, Ian.

“I don’t think we could have planned it bet­ter. As the flag goes up, we say our “I Dos,” just adding to the per­fec­tion of the day,” he said.

“It’ll be a must- see event full of friend­ship and love. There will be guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing Mas­ter Chef con­tes­tant Felix Fudge.”

On July 18, peo­ple are en­cour­aged to dress as bright as they want and at­tend the Pride Mar­ket at the Wolfville Farm­ers’ Mar­ket from 4-7 p.m. There will be rain­bow-in­spired food, Pride booths, fun ac­tiv­i­ties and the de­but per­for­mance of But­ler’s drag al­ter-ego Sharon DaLove.

New to the Pride events this Mike But­ler

year is a Pride Ride led by Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell July 21. The event is open to any­one with a bike and will take place on the Har­vest Trail. Start time and dis­tance are still to be de­ter­mined.

Also on July 21, the Wolfville Lions Hall will be hop­ping with two big events put on to raise money for the lo­cal the­atre com­mu­nity. A ticket auc­tion will be held from 10 a. m.- 12: 30 p.m., with many items avail­able. There will be hot dogs and treats for the kids as well. In the evening, from 7 p.m. to mid­night, a Decades Dance with all the hits from the 60s to 90s will be held, with But­ler of­fer­ing up DJ ser­vices. There will be a cash bar, a 50/ 50 draw and lots of fun. Dance tick­ets are $ 10 at the door.

On July 22, the Retro Block­buster Se­ries at the Al Whit­tle The­atre is screen­ing The Ad­ven­tures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the cult clas­sic film from down un­der with great mu­sic, a strong mes­sage and Os­car-win­ning cos­tumes.

On July 29, to close the Pride events, the Rain­bow Cho­rus is hav­ing a Cel­e­bra­tion of Spirit event at the Man­ning Me­mo­rial Chapel, at Aca­dia Univer­sity, with mu­sic and to­geth­er­ness.

In recog­ni­tion of Wolfville’s 125th an­niver­sary, the lo­cal Wolfville and Area Pride Group is hold­ing a 125 Ran­dom Acts of Kind­ness pledge cam­paign that be­gins this Pride sea­son. Pledge cards will be avail­able around town for peo­ple (LGBTIQ2SAQ and al­lies) to take and keep track of their ran­dom acts of kind­ness for the rest of 2018. It would be a com­mit­ment to the large, in­clu­sive and jus­tice- pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity. Pledge cards can be picked up at lo­cal cafes, stores, the univer­sity and more.

“So many won­der­ful things to cel­e­brate this Pride sea­son,” But­ler said. “Hang out your flag and cel­e­brate to­gether.”

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