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Halifax – July 28, 2016 – UFCW Canada Atlantic activists proudly joined thousands of other participants at the Halifax Pride Parade in downtown Halifax on July 23. The parade was part of the 29th Annual Halifax Pride Festival and featured dozens of colourful floats, including one sponsored by the UFCW Canada Eastern Provinces Council (EPC).
"Celebrating Pride is all about standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community, and demanding respect and equality for all," says Mark Dobson, UFCW Canada's Regional Director for the Eastern Provinces. "This year's Pride Parade was a major success, and I would like to thank all those who came out to march in it," Brother Dobson adds.
Staff from the EPC office, as well as members from UFCW Canada Local 864, joined with family members and community allies to march, wave flags, and engage with onlookers as part of the UFCW Atlantic contingent at the event.
Every year, the collective creativity, talents, and energy of the Halifax community come together at Pride to wow the world while celebrating the diversity and variety of life in the region.
Starting on Upper Water Street, and working its way down to South Park Street, the parade took two hours to wind through the streets of downtown Halifax, pausing at 1:45pm to honour the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past June.
This year’s event drew roughly 100,000 spectators, making it the one of the largest and most successful Pride parades in the country.