TRURO – The Truro Pride parade is back this year, along with additional events to help inform people on issues surround the LGBTQ community.

Al McNutt, executive director at the Northern Healthy Connections Society, said their celebrations begin with a flag raising at town hall on July 24, followed by three days with workshops at the library in Truro.

“I’ve been around many, many Prides and the Town of Truro just blew me away,” said McNutt, about last year’s parade that saw more than 700 participants and the short parade route lined with people. “Events in other cities are longer, so we wanted to do the same and bring in other issues. There were a lot of people supporting us and we wanted to present options as well to attend workshops so people can gain a greater understanding of some of the issues facing the community.”

The week-long Pride celebration also gives others a chance to plan their own celebrations, such as businesses. McNutt said the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus is also making special plans, including raising the flag on campus.

To between Truro Pride week, the rainbow flag will be raised July 24 at 1 p.m. at town hall.

From 6 to 8 p.m. July 25, there will be a Trans Health Panel at the Colchester East Hants Public Library Truro branch. The local PFLAG chapter will host a support group talk on July 26 (same time) at the library, and the talk July 27 is titled ‘What is Two Spirited.’

The parade will begin July 29 at 2 p.m., and follow a portion of the same route as the Santa Claus parade – leaving Colchester Legion Stadium, turning right onto Queen, then left on Commercial, and left onto Prince. It will finish at the civic square, which will feature activities until 5 p.m.

Dr. Tracy Williams, a pediatrician, is sponsoring bouncy houses, while there will be local vendors and food trucks on site, and the Truro Farmers’ Market will stay open.

Shawn & Jake’s Big Gay Affair, which is scheduled at the Marigold Cultural Centre for a ticketed performance later in the evening, will host a sneak peek of their show at the civic square.

“This will be more of a celebration this year, and an opportunity to really show what Truro could be like,” said McNutt, acknowledging some negativity in the past. “Some people say homophobic, but I don’t feel that’s the truth anymore.”

There are close to 40 confirmed entries to the parade, with more expected. For more information or to register for the parade, call the Northern Healthy Connections Society at 902-895-0931.