Numbers up for Pride parade in Marystown

‘Love is love’ was the message at the annual event

Published on July 11, 2017

Over 70 people took part in this year’s Pride parade in Marystown.

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MARYSTOWN, NL – Music and laughter filled the air in Marystown as more than 70 people walked along the McGettigan Boulevard from the YMCA to the town’s municipal centre during the annual Pride parade Thursday evening.

The parade was hosted by the Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence.

“I was thrilled to see the number of people who attended the Pride parade this year,” said Charlene Evans, chairwoman of the organization.

“We will continue to support this endeavour each year with the hope its momentum will continue to grow and support our LGBTQ community.”

During an address to the crowd assembled outside town hall, Evans said she brings her children to the parade every year to let them know that love is love.

Kris Vivian was one of the guest speakers at the event.
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Members from Marystown council and the Gay Straight Alliance from Marystown Central High School also spoke during the event.

Kris Vivian, who told the crowd they recently came out to their school community as transgendered, took part in the event for the first time this year. Vivian, a member of the Gay Straight Alliance at MCHS, explained when Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence was looking for people interested in speaking at the event, they offered to share their story.

“It was nice to see a big turnout – it was a lot more people than I expected,” said Vivian. “There was a lot of support. I just wanted to show my support and be a part of the community.”