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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Downtown Winnipeg is awash with pride parades

Winnipeg's downtown is flooded with Pride parades.

Key Takeaways:

  • On Sunday, thousands of people marched in Winnipeg’s Pride parade, reminding many of how far the province has come and how far it still has to go.
  • Uzoma Asagwara, the first Black, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming person elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, was chosen as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Thousands of individuals marched in the Pride parade in downtown Winnipeg on Sunday, reminding several of how far the province has gone and how far it still needs to go.

“This is heading to be a fantastic day – it’s like a sea of the rainbow out there; it’s incredible,” Premier Heather Stefanson told the crowd assembled on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature early Sunday.

A.J. Robelo was one of the many people who turned out for the demonstration and parade on Sunday. Rebelo said that this year’s holiday is very meaningful because he came out to his mother.

“Having other people’s support makes things simpler for you as a 2SLGBTQIA person,” Robelo explained. “Although it feels as if we have a bunch of freedom and acceptance here, there are a lot of areas across the world where we don’t have a lot of acceptance, so I believe we’re blessed to be allowed to walk in a parade.”

Also read: After a pandemic break, Pride returned with an in-person event

It’s a sentiment mirrored by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, who spoke at the 2022 Pride Rally, which Pride Winnipeg said honors the 250 people who came there for the first Pride parade in 1987.

According to Bowman, the gathering has swelled in the decades since.

Bowman added, “That tells a lot about where this town has gone in 35 years.” “35 years is a long time, and a lot has changed since then. We realize we still have work to do to create a community and city where we can all be ourselves.”

Thousands of people marched through downtown Winnipeg, carrying floats, to The Forks to continue the celebration.

Winnipeg's downtown is flooded with Pride parades.
Winnipeg’s downtown is flooded with Pride parades. Image from CBC News

“It’s fantastic because it demonstrates to others that you are accepted. ” Kevin Baker remarked that there’s nothing bad with being gay, lesbian, transgender, or any other sexual orientation, “Kevin Baker remarked.

The parade’s Grand Marshal was nominated by Uzoma Asagwara, the first Black, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming individual to be selected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. They expressed surprise at being nominated.

Although it was a day of celebration, Asagwara believes the pride should extend beyond the rally and march.

“We must remember that Pride is a daily action,” they urged, adding that “every single day we have the potential to disrupt and take up space and action Pride.”

A complete list of 2022 Pride events and performances may be seen on the website.

Source: CTV News

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