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Calgary – September 7, 2016 – Keeping a wonderful tradition alive, UFCW Canada activists were loud and proud at the 26th Annual Calgary Pride Parade this past weekend. Tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Calgary on September 4 as hundreds of participants paraded down 9th Avenue sporting colourful costumes, flags, and banners.
For the eleventh year in a row, UFCW Canada Local 401 activists made up one of the largest contingents at the parade, with the Local 401 float boldly decked out in UFCW blue and gold. Dozens of UFCW Local 401 and Local 1118 activists and family members marched in the event, handing out whistles and mini-frisbees to the spectators along the 12-block parade route.
Activists were also joined by Rachel Notley, the Premier of Alberta, and a number of NDP MLAs, who waved at onlookers as they marched in solidarity with their LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
This year’s parade was led by the award-winning writer and musician Rae Spoon, and capped off a week-long festival of dances, performances, and seminars to promote equality and inclusion and to celebrate Calgary’s LGBTQ community. The Calgary parade is the last big-city parade of Pride season in Canada.