Pride week in the Battlefords has officially kicked off with a flag raising in North Battleford. On Monday North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater raised the pride flag at city hall proclaiming August 20 to 26 pride week.
Organizer Kelly Waters says the week is important for equality and for people to feel like they have a place in the community.
“Even though there’s been some expected pushback there been a lot of wonderful support. The Mayor of Battleford and the Mayor of North Battleford are both very proud to be supporting pride week and pride activities.”
Pride week is in its second year and a variety of festivities are planned. On Wednesday, there is an informal meetup at Porta Bella’s Downstairs Bar, on Friday a movie night will be held at the Capitol Theater and on Saturday there will be a pride street festival and pride march.
“Starting at Central Park by the library people can start gathering between 12:30 to 1 p.m. there will be a pride walk that will start there and go down through where the street closures are over to 100th up and down both sides of 100th street and come back to where the street party is.”
The street closure will be downtown on 1100 block and 101 street. To close out the week Sunday will feature various speakers at the North Battleford public library. For a full list of events visit Battlefords Pride Week Facebook page.