Queen City Pride is an LGBT pride festival, held annually in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1] The event is held mid-June each year, normally in the week following Saskatoon Pride.[2] The festival is administered by Regina Pride Inc., a non-profit corporation in the province of Saskatchewan.

Queen City Pride
GenrePride festival
Location(s)Regina, Saskatchewan
Years active33
Inaugurated1990 (1990)
Organised byRegina Pride Inc.

The event kicks off with a raising of the rainbow flag at the Regina City Hall on the Monday of Pride Week,[3] and concludes with a parade and community fair on the Saturday.[3] An estimated 3-4,000 people attend the event each year.[4][5]

History Edit

The event was first held on June 23 1990, though other pride marches and rallies were held in Regina during the 1970s and 1980s.[6][7] The police chief refused to sign off on the event, so the march went ahead illegally.[7][8] Somewhere between 50 and 90 people attended the original event, with some covering their faces out of fear of their identities being known.[7][8][9][10]

The 2014 event marked the first time in the city's history that the incumbent mayor, Michael Fougere, presided over the raising of the rainbow flag to kick off the event.[11] Nearly 2,000 people attended the event in 2017.[12] In 2019, the event's 30th anniversary, the theme was "Growing from Many Voices".[9]

The event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] The event went forward in a limited capacity in 2021,[13] and fully returned in person in 2022, with the theme "Together Again".[5][14]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Pride colours to fly high in Queen City". Metro, June 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Après Saskatoon, Regina célèbre la fierté gaie". Radio-Canada.ca (in Canadian French). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  3. ^ a b "Backstage pass: Pride out of Prairie prejudice". Metro, June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Ho, Joseph. "Queen City Pride celebrates 30 years in Regina". 980 CJME. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  5. ^ a b c Odlum, Fiona (11 June 2022). "Queen City Pride celebrates 1st in-person parade since pandemic began". CBC. Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  6. ^ "25 years later, 1st Regina pride parade remembered". CBC News. June 15, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Melnychuk, Mark (15 June 2015). "The story of Regina's first gay pride parade". Regina Leader Post. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  8. ^ a b Yard, Bridget (28 May 2018). "'People were afraid': Audio walking tour delves into Regina's queer history". CBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  9. ^ a b Bamford, Allison (15 June 2019). "'Loud music and smiling faces': Queen City marks 30 years of Pride - Regina | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  10. ^ Baxter, David (19 June 2016). "44 years of the Gay and Lesbian Community of Regina - Regina | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  11. ^ "Parade celebrates 25 years of pride". Regina Leader-Post, June 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Salloum, Alec (17 June 2017). "Regina Queen City Pride has record parade attendance despite rain". CBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  13. ^ Dhaliwal, Taz (13 June 2021). "2021 Queen City Pride Parade goes ahead with COVID tweaks - Regina". Global News. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  14. ^ O’Donovan, Connor (2 June 2022). "'Together Again': Queen City Pride back with full-scale parade, concerts, 'Tea' - Regina". Global News. Retrieved 2023-01-10.

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