Pride month is approaching and plans for Kincardine's 3rd annual Pride Parade and Festival are underway and set to take place June 22.
President and Treasurer of Kincardine Pride, Fort Papalia says in years past people have attended from across Grey and Bruce, the United States and the Greater Toronto Area. "And other people who prefer a small town, grass-roots atmosphere for a pride celebration," he says.
Parade revellers can watch the parade as it heads east along Broadway St. then south at Queen St. to Victoria Park for a festival featuring Kate Channer Band, vendors, food and games.
One can even travel to Connaught Park at 10 a.m. to be a part of the parade themselves, no sign-up is required.
Papalia says although Kincardine has a parade every weekend throughout the summer, there's something different about the Pride Parade. "It's just so emotionally charged and people were so invested in this."
Three rainbow flags will be raised in three areas of Kincardine for the month of June, on June 3rd. The spots include: the Kincardine Library, Kincardine's Davidson Centre, and a location in Tiverton.
"I believe that will be the first time ever for Tiverton, and it's their reunion year, so that will be a big step, letting everyone know they're welcome."
Kincardine Pride has also partnered with the Bruce County Library, to host author Loren A. Olson on May, 21 at 7 p.m. Papalia says Olson will "share his experience about being gay, when it was quite dangerous."
On May 25 there will a fundraising concert by Dark Angel Blues Band at the Bruce Steakhouse, the event is by donation and runs from 2-6 p.m.
Currently Kincardine Pride is hoping to bring an inclusive spiritual service to the pride celebrations. With logistics still being put in place.
The Pride President says the non-denominational service will be for people who want to feel a spiritual connection of being loved and excepted and being one.