UFCW activists loud and proud at Calgary Pride Parade
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Calgary – September 8, 2014 –UFCW Canada activists were loud and proud at this year's vibrant Calgary Pride Parade. The parade, held August 31, built on the momentum realized last year, with Calgarians lining the streets to show their pride and support for LGBTQ rights. Float entrants included some new and welcome faces, including four professional sports teams, marking one of the largest turnouts of professional athletes at a Pride Parade in Canada.
Participating for the eighth year in a row, UFCW Canada Local 401 was one of the largest and most prominent contingents in the in the parade — demonstrating its leadership and commitment to addressing the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ members at work. More than 40 Local 401 activists and family members marched alongside the Local Union's float, while distributing Local 401 flags to parade participants and supporters. More than 50,000 spectators lined the parade route making it the largest Calgary Pride Parade ever.
“As a union, we firmly believe that queer rights are human rights,” said Doug O’Halloran, Local 401 President. “We must all come together to ensure that our queer brothers and sisters are treated with dignity and respect in their workplaces and in society. Plus, the Pride Parade is such a wonderful celebration; it’s hard not to have a great time!”