TRURO – A change is coming to this year’s Pride Week celebrations – the parade will be kicking things off.
Sam Madore, executive director of the Downtown Truro Partnership that’s overseeing the Pride Week committee, said the change was in part to the parade held during Halifax Pride Week.
“Last year, the date of our parade conflicted with Halifax’s, so we changed it to sort of lead up to the events in Halifax,” she said.
Over the last two years, Pride Week events had been organized by the Northern Healthy Connections Society. This year, however, the events are committee-driven, instead of having it fall to one organization. At least 10 people have stepped up to join forces to bring Pride Week together.
“This event is very much about collaboration with the community and the library hosting workshops during this week. And we have more committee involvement this year,” said Madore.
Pride Week in Truro and surrounding area will begin July 13 with a flag raising ceremony at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus at noon. The flag will be raised at the Truro Town Hall at 1 p.m., and the Colchester-East Hants Public Library Truro branch will be hosting a Connect the Dots swag-making program from 1 to 5 p.m. All ages are invited to the library to make Pride swag.
“We have an organic theme this year – with a focus on youth and transgender,” said Madore. “Youth was intentional, but as we were coming up with the programming, we realized there was a gap in support for the transgender community, so brought that focus together as well.”
July 14 will see Keltie Jones hosting storytime at the library at 11 a.m. The parade will kick off at 2 p.m. and run from the Colchester Legion Stadium on Lorne Street to the Civic Square on Prince Street by way of Queen and Commercial streets.
A number of different performances and family activities are planned from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Civic Square, including T. Thomason, the Truro All Star Cheer Club, the Iron Tide Singers, and a sneak peak of the Truro Pride Dragstravaganza happening at the Marigold Cultural Centre that evening. Dragstravaganza will feature a variety of drag queens from across the East Coast, with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.
Levels Game Loft is hosting QueerCraft Presents: Youth Games Night on July 16, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., and Scott (Naomi Allison) Wright will host a Trans Sport Seminar at the Truro library July 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Another workshop will be held at the Truro library on July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., featuring Catherine Morley and Marin Whebby on Trans Nutrition Talk.
NovelTea Bookstore Café is hosting a showing of ‘Bird Cage’, featuring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, on July 18 at 8 p.m.
Pride Week concludes on July 19, with activities at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and PFLAG hosting a ‘Transgender, Teaching and Making a Difference’ workshop at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A youth dance will be held 8-11 p.m. at the Truro Farmers’ Market.
Madore said the committee chose to celebrate Pride Week from July 13 to 19, so as to not conflict with the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships, which begins July 20.
“We’re hoping people will continue the community celebration of inclusion with the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships opening ceremonies on July 20,” she said.
More information on Pride Week, including a parade registration form, can be found on Facebook on the Truro Pride page, as well as contacting the Downtown Truro Partnership.