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Sackville gearing up for show of pride

Members of the Sackville and Mount Allison communities march down Main Street towards town hall for last year’s raising of the Pride Flag. Over 220 participants took part in last year’s celebration.
Members of the Sackville and Mount Allison communities march down Main Street towards town hall for last year’s raising of the Pride Flag. Over 220 participants took part in last year’s celebration. - Katie Tower

Fourth annual pride parade, family celebration set for Sept. 28

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Mount Allison students’ union, Catalyst Mount Allison, Mount Allison Shinerama and the Town of Sackville are once again partnering with dedicated community volunteers to present the fourth annual Sackville Pride Parade, with this year’s event scheduled for Sept. 28.

This year’s parade promises to be the biggest yet, as the Mount Allison student union has been actively engaging with other pride parade organizers throughout the Maritimes to attract even more people to Sackville’s celebration.

The event will include distinguished guest speakers; including former Mount Allison student and Pride advocate, Scott Jones, in front of the Mount Allison University Chapel at 5:00pm, followed by the raising of the Rainbow Flag. The parade will then set out towards Sackville Town Hall at 5:45pm via York Street and Main Street, where the Rainbow Flag will once again be raised.

Following the parade and flag raising at Town Hall, everyone is invited to join event organizers at the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park for live music from Gabrielle Giroux, a fundraising barbeque with Shinerama, cake and plenty of family fun.

There are plenty of additional Pride events being organized throughout the days leading up to the parade, so follow @SackvilleNB on Facebook and check sackville.com regularly for updates.

Area residents are invited to wear their rainbow colours and come out to the various events to celebrate, raise awareness and show support for the 2SLGBTQA+ community.

Last year’s parade attracted over 220 participants and organizers are hopeful that number will double in 2018.

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