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Pride returning to spread good times in Halifax

Like many others, Matthew Morris can’t wait watch to watch high-heeled“divas” take on the “dykes” in the signature Halifax Pride softballgame.

Like many others, Matthew Morris can’t wait watch to watch high-heeled “divas” take on the “dykes” in the signature Halifax Pride softball game.

“It’s a good community event because it’s not a bar event, so you have families go to it,” says Morris, who’s been to the past four Pride festivals.

The seventh annual dykes vs. divas softball game is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Halifax Common.

Since the late 1970s, the the Halifax queer community has been actively protesting and rallying, says Robin Metcalfe, grand marshal of this year’s Pride parade.

“I think Halifax has always had a large queer community. Pride reflects that,” says Metcalfe, who organized a march through downtown Halifax in 1978. “I think it reflects the history of the community and the diversity of it.”

Metcalfe will raise a flag with Mayor Peter Kelly on Monday at 5 p.m., and will also sit aloft a convertible waving to parade-goers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 24.

Another event taking place during the festival will be a series of Queer Acts Theatre shows, including Logan and I and The (Sad) Ballad of Oliver Hugh and Company, both playing July 21 through 23 at the Bus Stop Theatre.

 
 
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