Today marks the beginning of Pride Week in Grande Prairie.
They’ll kick things off when a crosswalk at 98 Street and 103 Avenue, right by City Hall and the Montrose Cultural Centre, is painted with the colours of the rainbow flag tonight.
Grande Prairie Pride Society Treasurer Todd Russell is aware of the vandalism that occurred in Lethbridge with a similarly painted intersection. They had some worries in 2016 and the community remained respectful.
“We had some security concerns, especially considering our event was right after Orlando, but we had an absolute outpour of love and support. Grande Prairie is actually far more inclusive than we give ourselves credit for,” Russell said.
He also points to the support from City Council after a rainbow flag was raised at City Hall recently.
“It’s not all roses, and there still are some challenges and difficulties. Having support of municipal government, and the City, is just a huge sign to the community, I think, that they’re not alone.”
On Tuesday, there will be an event at the Grande Prairie Coffee Co. for parents and guardians of LGBTQ youth. It begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, there is a yoga session happening at the Eastlink Centre from 7-8 p.m.
Thursday night is volunteer appreciation night, which takes place at Cards.
The Collins Recital Hall at Grande Prairie Regional College will host guest speaker Michael Coren Friday evening. It’s free for anyone to attend and begins at 7 p.m. There is also the Rainbow White Dance Friday at Howlers Lounge. It also begins at 7 p.m. and is for youth between the ages of 14-18. It’s $10 per ticket, which can be purchased at the door.
Saturday is their signature day. The Family Pride Carnival goes from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the GPRC north parking lot. The Party in White goes Saturday night at Teresa Sargent Hall at 7:30. Tickets are $50 each and are available at the Revolution Place box office.