Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

10,000 join Pride Parade: organizer

  • Print

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard.

Shades and good spirits were the only mandatory requirements for attending the 27th annual Pride Parade today.

Droves of colourful personalities, fantastical floats and decorated dogs marched down Memorial Boulevard and wound around the streets of downtown Winnipeg, effectively conquering seven blocks of traffic before returning to their starting point at the Manitoba Legislature.

Pride Winnipeg’s parade and rally director, Ryan Zacharias, estimated at least 10,000 people came out to show their support for Winnipeg’s LGBTQ* community.

In 1987, 250 people attended the first-ever Pride Parade in Winnipeg.

"There was no space in any of the medians or along the sidewalks, it was completely packed with people. It was amazing," said Zacharias.

Many little ones were on hand to celebrate too, including eight-month-old Hadley Harding, who hung out in a bright pink baby carrier and a bucket hat from her father’s neck.

"It’s her first Pride and my 21st Pride," said dad, Garry, who was beaming while holding hands with husband, Jason Hamilton.

Another first-time parade-goer, Mistee McLean, said she came to Pride to celebrate the LGBTQ* community and her bisexuality.

"We’re all entitled to our rights and freedoms of speech, so why not support happiness?"

The Pride Winnipeg festivities wrap up today with a festival at The Forks and an after-party at the Metropolitan Event Centre.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Jets This Week: Predicting the line-ups

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Susan and Gary Harrisonwalk their dog Emma on a peaceful foggy morning in Assiniboine Park – Standup photo– November 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you worried Ebola might make its way to Canada?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google