- On Saturday, the Saskatoon Pride march had the usual rainbow banners and grins from ear to ear.
- Pride, according to Raven Sinclair, a member of the Saskatoon Pride board, is all about establishing community.
The Saskatoon Pride march on Saturday featured the customary rainbow banners and ear-to-ear grins.
Because of the pandemic, thousands of people lined the streets along the parade route downtown for the first in-person march in three years.
Helen Savisky was pleased to see so many people return as if the Parade had never missed a year as she sat in the shade near the start of the route on a hot day in Saskatoon.
“I’m sorry, I feel upset when I think about it since it’s been a long time,” Savisky remarked, her voice trembling.
Savisky had never been to a Pride parade before her son became LGBT several years ago. She went to the Parade during a downpour that year to show her support for her son, and she stood next to a young girl who was anxious about coming out to her parents.
“She was terrified of telling her parents she was lesbian,” Savisky said. “Then I told her my story, and I think she felt better.”
The ability to soothe the young child, according to Savisky, is what makes the march so remarkable.
The scorching weather, thousands of participants, and more than 150 floats, according to Saskatoon Pride co-chair Kasey Atcheynum, made the Parade feel more real than ever.
“It’s wonderful to be here,” she expressed her delight. “This year, thrive with Pride. We all missed each other, and it’s amazing to see our 2SLGBTQ+IA community here today. “I feel good to be able to experience this after such a long time,” she remarked.
Saturday’s Parade marked the start of the final day of Pride festivities, which ended in the evening. The River Landing Pride event featured a concert stage, a market, and food trucks on Saturday.
Raven Sinclair, a member of the Saskatoon Pride board, explained that Pride is all about fostering community.
“Just recognizing that and honoring our variety as human beings while having fun,” she remarked.
Source: CTV News