Proud quarter century

The week kicks off Friday with historical displays at Pride-supporting establishments, and an opening party at The Lookout on York Street in the Market.

Capital Pride celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The week kicks off Friday with historical displays at Pride-supporting establishments, and an opening party at The Lookout on York Street in the Market.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 years in Colour” and the week will consist of 65 events.

“The week is important to create a face for all members of the GLBTTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two-spirit and queer) community in the national capital region to both celebrate and live their pride,” said Brodie Fraser, vice-chair.

Organizers are hoping to have 70,000 people attend throughout the week and are expecting 35,000 people to participate in the annual Capital Pride Parade taking place Sunday Aug. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Again this year the RCMP and military personnel will march in uniform.

With 40 local partners, community is an important part of Capital Pride, said Fraser.

To thank those partners there’s a gala next Friday at the Arc Hotel, where awards will be handed out to people who have made a difference in Ottawa-Gatineau’s GLBTTQ community.

“Expect fun in the sun on the day, lots of colour and a big celebration to mark our quarter century,” said Fraser.

 
 
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