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History Of Pride Celebrations In Halifax

Ross says: First Demonstration/"March", held in conjunction with conference

; 1978: LynnMurphy says our first Pride March, during a conference with a very long name that I didn't make a note of.

; 1979 - 1987: Skipped a few years before the next one.

; 1988: Pride March July 1st. Ross says Parade No.1, 75 people, five with brown paper bags over their heads.

; 1989: Theme: Right To Be Proud Pride Week June 24th to July 1st. (Ross: No.2)

; 1990: Theme: We are Family June 23rd - July 2nd. MauraDonovan? count: 110, plus or minus 10. " "Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia's got to go." Parade Marshall: Winnipeg's openly gay mayor Glen Murray. Big party at Rumours afterward. Chant sheet has references to Buchanan, Leefe, and their Gory Tory buddies. (Ross: No.3)

; 1991: Theme: Growing Out Of Bounds June 22-30th, Pride Day June 22nd. ShirtlessnessDebate begins that Saturday night. Chairs: TerryMartin & KristenMacRoberts?. Community Award Winners: Community Contribution: MauraDonovan? & EricSmith; Outstanding Rumours Staff: Barb; Outstanding GALA Member: PatDingle?; Outstanding Cultural Contribution: LoriMeserve; Long Term Contribution: LynnMurphy; Friend of the Community: JoannMartell? & St John's United Church; Moth Ball Award (for the person or organization who has done their most to keep g/ls in the closet): Concerned Parents of Cape Sable Island; Lavender Diesel: Premier Donald Cameron. In Halifax, about 140 marched, chanted and cheered on a June 22. Parade Marshall EricSmith. Fourth year in a row the Parade has been held. [all info from GAEZETTE July/August 1991] (Ross: No. 4)

; 1992: Single page of photos and captions in the July/August GAEZETTE. June 27. Codco. Halifax Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Video & Film Festival. "Thanks to Bill for the great Pride Week Logo" (a triangle over a Maple Leaf, reproduced there) Pride March photos by DavidMorris?. DanielMacKay & NorvalCollins on motorcycles. [No counts or article in GAEZETTE July/August 1992] (Ross: No. 5)

; 1993: June cover of GAEZETTE, pride parade, drawn by BenKozak. Planned events in the June issue: Peggy's Film Festival, reading by Audrey Butler. On Pride Day, Hon. Marshalls, GayLine, chants led by the Scotia Seven, "For the first time, Rumours will stay open until 3:00am". Reception co-sponsored by Rumours and Studio Lounge. Tightrope marshalling and open house later. Friends of Safe Harbour MCC hold a panel discussion moderated by AlStewart, including wiccan BrendaBarnes, ordained minister DarleneYoung, Anglican layman George Munro. Vespers held June 27th. CKDU All Day, All Gay. (Ross: No. 7)

; 1994: About 300 people in Parade [Pers Corr, July 4 1994 DanielMacKay] MauraDonovan? recollects 600. (Ross: No. 7)

; 1995: Committee: LynnMurphy (chair) Angela Berrette [DanielMacKay, pers. corr Angela Berrette] (Ross: No. 8)

; 1996: (Ross: No. 9)

; 1997: (Ross: No. 10)

; 1998: June 27. Chair: JaneKansas with LesConnors? as Parade Coordinator. DanielMacKay gets involved because the Pride web page on Chebucto is vexingly out of date. Turret Reunion. Peggy's Film Festival. Merchandise Bingo, Micmac Friendship Center. Dan Savage. FrontRunners? morning run. Ecumenical Pride Service @ Brunswick United. (Ross: No. 11)

; 1999: Chair: DanielMacKay. 26 June. Daily News reported 500, Pride observer counted and recounted 650, another counted about 300 bystanders. Planning for Pride started only nine weeks before. Marshall: Tinky Winky [pers.corr, DanielMacKay] 2 days of CKDU All-Day All Gay Programming. Lavender Diesel Award: UNB Faculty of Law. (Ross: No. 12)

; 2000:Chair: DanielMacKay. Dan & Norval attend the Canadian Pride Organizers conferene in Montreal. Letter of greetings from Al Gore, Vice President of the USA, "Tipper joins me in thanking you for your commitment to our nation and its fundamental values of inclusion, opportunity, and respect for every individual. Please accept our warmest regards." (Ross: No. 13) ; 2001:Chairs: DanielMacKay & Lori Clifford. Numbers: about 600 in the Parade, as many again waiting for us at Sackville Landing. (Ross: No. 14) ; 2002:Chairs: BobFirthTessier? & MikeDavies. July 20 - Moved to July for several reasons. Police count 2000. CerinaRomanoffBlake / Sheldon is Halifax PrideAmbassador I. NYC cops. Grand Marshall: MarcHall?. RaymondTaavel recreates "Peggy's Film Festival" as Reel Pride with about 120 people each night. Parade: 2000 people, maybe 500 waiting for us at Sackville Landing. 120-150 at the Family Pride BBQ in Point Pleasant Park. YoungGayAmerica do extremely successful public relations. (Ross: No. 15)

; 2003:Chairs: RaymondTaavel and KaraRedden. Week: July 13th - 20th. Day: July 19th. RyanStevens / NatasshaNlott is Halifax PrideAmbassador II. Reel Pride film night with about 130 people each night. Grand Marshalls: Kevin Bourassa, Joe Varnell, Nicky and Sue Perkins. Parade numbers 4000, close to 10,000 spectators, landing approx 5000. (Ross: No. 16) ; 2004:Chairs: JayThordarson and CalandraSmith?. Week: July 11th-18th. Day: July 17th. Grand Marshall: EldonHay. Theme: "This Way out". KaraRedden is PrideAmbassador III. BernadineLapointe? & creates Dykes Vs Divas softball game which gets over 600 spectators. RaymondTaavel creates Garden Tour with three gardens & 85 visitors. Reel Pride with about 40 people each night. Chef's Pride dinner for two raffle, created by RaymondTaavel, 100 tickets sold. Comedy Night created by RaymondTaavel @ VorTex with CathyJones?, approx 250 people. Parade: Police Counts: almost 6000 people in the parade; 10-15,000 spectators, 5,000 people at Sackville Landing! Special guests: Mr Lahey & Randy from Trailer Park Boys, who came out as lovers in the last year. Some pics on line at (Ross: No. 17)

; 2005: Chair: JayThordarson and TinaWalsh. Week: July 18th - 24th. Theme: "Proud Halifax Pride". Pride Parade Day: July 23rd. Dykes Vs. Divas baseball game has 1200 spectators. RuPaul and CarolePope perform. Comedy Night @ ReflectionsCabaret with MaryEllenMcLean?, approx 250 people. Dykes .vs. Divas on the Diamond Baseball Game, the Pride Ambassador show, Parade and Comedy Night, RuPaul performing live at ReflectionsCabaret!!! Reel Pride with 80-90 people each night. Chef's Pride dinner for two raffle, approx 60 tickets sold. NatasshaNlott is PrideAmbassador IV. Parade Grand Marshall: SeanForeman. Police Counts: 4000 people in the parade, 7- 10000 spectators lining the route. Eunuch contingent led by Richard Wassersug. Confetti popgun shorts out electrical power to a lot of downtown for over an hour. Some pics on line at (Ross: No. 18)

; 2006: Chairs: HugoDann & PatrickDaigle. Week: July 16th - 23rd. Theme: "Community". Pride Parade Day: July 22nd. Halifax hosted the Canadian InterPride, the conference of the Canadian branch of the international association of Pride organizers. Reception moved from the waterfront to the Halifax Commons. Firsts: A letter from the Premier; Police marching (with Colour Guard); Out Run; Interfaith Service; Concert on the Common; Lunchtime Lectures; Health Forums; Tourism Industry Meeting; successful fundraising for LGB YouthProject and ACNS; LindsayWillow was Grand Marshall, and "Pennies For Lindsay" an initiative of the Youth Project, raised several thousand dollars to support legal costs incurred by Lindsay during her human rights challenge. A number of politicians attended, including Liberal leadership candidates ScottBrison? & HedyFry?. Overall attendance? (Ross: No. 19) Police crowd estimates: 30,000 for the parade and 8-10 thousand for the Commons. Some pics on line at

; 2007: Chairs: [[MichaelDavies-Cole?]] & TamaraMatheson? Week: July 14th - 22nd (Ross: No. 20) Some pics on line at

; 2008: Chair: Hugo Dann, Vice Chair: Liz McQuaid?. Week: July 20 - 27, 2008. Theme & Logo: 2o Years Proud 08; logo was a riff on NS license plate with the numbers 20 YRS PRD 08 and the slogan, 'Canada's Ocean Gayground.'Pride Day July 26. Parade followed the rout of the Holiday Parade of Lights down the length of Barrington and up Spring Garden Road. Good weather and the new route brought record numbers out. Grand Marshalls: Mike Sangster, Board Chair for the ACNS, and Leighann Wichman, Executive Director of the Youth Project. Estimated attendance at Parade: 40,000 (some have suggested 50,000); at Concert & Community Fair: 12,000. New events included Under the Big Top, a Songwriters' Circle at Garrison Grounds, produced by Ryan MacGrath?. Attendance was up for all events, such as Reading Out Loud & TimeOut? lecture series. (Ross: No. 21)

; 2009: Chair: Hugo Dann, Vice Chair: Liz McQuaid?. Week: July 19 - 26, 2008. Pride Day July 25. Pride undergoing a complete rebranding as Atlantic Canada's Largest LGBTQ Cultural Event. (Ross: No. 22)

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