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History Of Pride Celebrations In Halifax

August 19, 1973
The Gay Alliance For Equality holds a "gala picnic" at Paddy's Head (near Peggy's Cove). Ten people enjoyed hot dogs, toasted ("burnt") marshmallows and floatinag around in an inflatable rubber dinghy (dubbed the "S.S. Zelco Queen".)
LynnMurphy says our first Pride March, during a conference. A decade would pass before the next one.
Pride March July 1st. Ross says Parade No. 1, 75 people, five with brown paper bags over their heads.
Theme: Right To Be Proud Pride Week June 24th to July 1st. (Ross: No.2)
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)
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)
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)
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)
About 300 people in Parade [Pers Corr, July 4 1994 DanielMacKay] MauraDonovan? recollects 600. (Ross: No. 7)
Committee: LynnMurphy (chair) Angela Berrette [DanielMacKay, pers. corr Angela Berrette] (Ross: No. 8)
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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)
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)
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)
Theme: A Pride Odyssey. "This year marks the 20th year of the AIDS epidemic."
Team: Chairs: DanielMacKay & Lori Clifford. Media: ColinLake & RossBoutilier.
Awards: Grand Marshall: ISCANS represented by CameronBallard and StudioXLeNoir?. Community Service awards: KimVance & DrBobFredrickson.
Events: Mayor PeterKelly? reading Pride Week Proclamation & flag raising. CKDU All Day, All Gay organized by StaceyWillick?. "Splash" harbour cruise on the Harbour Queen. FamilyPrideCampingAssociation BBQ in Point Pleasant Park. SafeHarbourChurch Pride Service. YouthProject BBQ. Book reading at VenusEnvy: Darren Greer reading from his book Tyler's Cape and Nancy Rodriguez reading from her book Throw it to the River at the Halifax Public Library
Numbers: about 600 in the Parade, as many again waiting for us at Sackville Landing.
(Ross: No. 14)
Week: July 14 - 21st. Parade: July 20 - Moved to July for several reasons.
Board: Chairs: BobFirthTessier? & MikeDavies. YoungGayAmerica do extremely successful public relations.
Police count 2000 at the parade; maybe 500 waiting for us at Sackville Landing.
Awards: CerinaRomanoffBlake / Sheldon is Halifax PrideAmbassador I. New York Police Department Cops. Grand Marshall: MarcHall?.
Events: RaymondTaavel recreates "Peggy's Film Festival" as Reel Pride with about 120 people each night. Ambassador I show at Legion Hall on Cunard St. Leather To Lace photo exhibit at VenusEnvy. Flag Raising at Grand Parade. Halifax Queer History Club meeting at the Killam Library Courtyard organized by DanielMacKay. Bimbo Bingo at ReflectionsCabaret. Queer As Film Night hosted by GlennWalton. Queen Size S.H.A.G. at the KhyberClub. Reading Out Loud hosted by JaneKansas. Women's Dance at the Halifax Civic Worker's Club. Steers, Queers & Beers at the ToolBoxEast. Bear Pride Dinner at PineausCafe. Splash II harbour tour on the Harbour Queen. Free BBQ at ClubNRG?. Men's Pride Swim @ Halifax YWCA. Pride Week Family BBQ, Point Pleasant Park organized by MauraDonovan?. SafeHarbourChurch's Pride Service. YoungGayAmerica produce a photo exhibition, Exuberance!" 120-150 at the Family Pride BBQ in Point Pleasant Park.
(Ross: No. 15)
Week: July 13th - 20th. Day: July 19th. Theme: Show Your Colours
Board: Chairs: RaymondTaavel and KaraRedden. Board: GregNepean.
Events: March 1, 2003 Sleigh Ride at Montague Estates, Dartmouth. Pride Week Opening Party Mardi Gras Ball I. Proclamation by Mayor PeterKelly?. YearsOfPride reception for community pioneers, at the Halifax Club. BluenoseBears dinner at PineausCafe. 10th Annual Women's Pride Dance @ McInnes? Room, Dal. OINK II, Biker Pigs for Pride! 2nd Annual Family Pride BBQ. Queer Comedy Night @ Tribeca. Dyke Night @ SeaDogsSauna. Reel Pride film night at the Lecture Hall of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, with about 130 people each night. Reading Out Loud II hosted by JaneKansas. RyanStevens / NatasshaNlott is Halifax PrideAmbassador II Show at Royal Canadian Legion, Cogswell St. Downtown merchants are challenged to a Window Decorating Contest.
Awards: Grand Marshalls: Kevin Bourassa, Joe Varnell, Nicky and Sue Perkins. Parade numbers 4000, close to 10,000 spectators, landing approx 5000.
Mainstream Media: TheCoast July 13, 2003 issue has Your Special Gay about marriage, with EllenVeniot? and MartinaChandler? and a history article by JaneKansas, Queer Through The Years with quotes by DanielMacKay, RossBoutilier, KimVance and SamMeehan?. ChronicleHerald July 5, 2003 article Same-sex marriage activists chosen to lead Pride Parade
(Ross: No. 16)
July 11th-18th. Day: July 17th. Theme: "This Way out"
Board: Chairs: JayThordarson and CalandraSmith?. Board: JanPaynter, Events; TracieDickey?, Sponsorship; JamieONeil?, Marketing; IanCrowe, Treasurer; Ambassadors: CerinaRomanoffBlake, Ryan Stevens, KaraRedden. Members at large: RaymondTaavel, NorvalCollins, DanielMacKay, KathyKaulbeck?, ColinQuigley?.
Awards: Grand Marshall: EldonHay. KaraRedden is PrideAmbassador III. Vanguard Award: BernadineLapointe?, BobFougere. Lavender Diesel: MikeVelemirovich?, Hillcrest Volkswagen.
Events: BernadineLapointe? creates Dykes Vs Divas softball game which gets over 600 spectators. DawnSloane Celebrity Roast. Men's Dinner at PineausCafe. RaymondTaavel creates Garden Tour with three gardens & 85 visitors. Reel Pride III 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. Reading Out Loud III. Ambassador III. 3rd Annual FamilyPrideCampingAssociation picnic in Point Pleasant Park.
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
Budget $37000
(Ross: No. 17)
Week: July 18th - 24th. Theme: "Proud Halifax Pride". Pride Parade Day: July 23rd.
Board: Chair: JayThordarson and TinaWalsh. Events Coordinator: JanPaynter; Marketing: BrynJonesVaillancourt?. Ambassadors: KaraRedden, HarmonyAngel, RyanStevens. Parade Coordinator: RaymondTaavel. Public Relations: DavidMacMillan. Sponsorship: MikeBeaucage? Volunteer Coordinator: ChrisRacine?. Webmaster: MauriceMichaud?. Other Board: LaurieBryson?, IanCrowe, NorvalCollins, LeonKeyes?, DanielMacKay, LisaPottie?, RaymondTaavel.
Events: Dykes Vs. Divas baseball game has 1200 spectators. WetSpot?: The Party for LBQTT women and their allies @ Stage Nine. Halifax Womyn's 12th Annual Pride Dance. RuPaul and CarolePope perform. Comedy Night @ ReflectionsCabaret with MaryEllenMcLean?, emcee RougeFatale, performers KaraRedden, JanPaynter, CandyPalmater, TimHumphries?, ChuckGillis, MichaelBest, CharlesHseun?, approx 250 people. Dykes vs. Divas on the Diamond Baseball Game. Pride Ambassador show, Parade and Comedy Night. RuPaul performing live at ReflectionsCabaret!!! Reel Pride with 80-90 people each night, with local filmmakers GlennWalton, JimMacSwain and AlecButler?. Chef's Pride dinner for two raffle, approx 60 tickets sold. Morning Worship at StJohnsUnitedChurch led by Rev. EldonHay. 2nd Annual Garden Tour, four gardens of south end homes, organized by NorvalCollins. Canadian Auto Workers march in Parade, organized by KevinBanfield?. SafeHarbourChurch Pride Service.
Awards: 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 RichardWassersug. Confetti popgun shorts out electrical power to a lot of downtown for over an hour. Some pics on line at
Budget: HRM Event Costs $7000, RuPaul $16360 + 240 + 600, Events Guide Production + Insertion $5200, Merchandise $1800, Sackville Landing Production: $4750, Parade Police $1700, Graphic Design $1350, Honorariums $1000, Sackville Landing Food + BBQ Rental $850, Piper $400, Volunteers $250, Direct Parade Costs $500. General Admin and Marketing costs were $5500 more than expected. Total $42460. Projected Income: Sponsorship $27385, Comedy Night $836, Chef's Pride $220, Reel Pride $500, T-Shirts $500, YouthProject Fundraiser $907. Budget shortfall of $14000 as of a meeting in July.
"ClubNRG? not permitted within the Halifax Pride Parade PERIOD.1
(Ross: No. 18)
Week: July 16th - 23rd. Parade Day: July 22nd. Theme: "Community"
Board: Chairs: HugoDann & PatrickDaigle.
Events: PrideHalifax? 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
Awards: 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? Police crowd estimates: 30,000 for the parade and 8-10 thousand for the Commons. Some pics on line at
(Ross: No. 19)
Week: July 14th - 22nd. Pride Day: 21st.
Board: Chairs: [[MichaelDavies-Cole?]] & TamaraMatheson?; LeeAnnePoole, Events; RaymondTaavel, Media/PR.
Events: Bicycle ride with the Bent Rims, organized by GetOutHalifax. Dykes vs. Divas baseball game. Proclamation & Flag Raising. LGB YouthProject events: Art Show at the KhyberClub, Open Mic & Variety Show, GSI: Gender Scene Investigation, Dance at the KhyberClub. Noon time lecture series: Homophobia in Sport with CatherineMeade; Activism: The Next Generation with KevinKindred; The Other Cheek: Equality rights and religious rights by ElaineCraig?, Dalhousie constitutional law prof. Book launch: The Skin Beneath by NairneHoltz? and A Softer World by JoeyComeau?. Pussy Playhouse, bathhouse for women & transfolks at SeaDogsSauna. Reading Out Loud with JaneKansas. Out Run! Interfaith Prayer Service on the commons, hosted by SafeHarbourChurch. OUTBid! Halifax Pride Silent Auction with RyanMcGrath? & The Wooden House. This Ain't Your Typical Rose Garden Tour of lgbt owned home gardens in the south end. OUTrageous! A night of queer comedy.
April 23, 2007 ChronicleHerald story reports that mayor PeterKelly? plans to attend the parade.
Some pics on line at
(Ross: No. 20)
Chair: HugoDann, Vice Chair: LizMcQuaid?. Week: July 20 - 27, 2008. Theme & Logo: 20 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 route 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: MikeSangster?, Board Chair for the ACNS, and LeighannWichman, 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 RyanMacGrath. Attendance was up for all events, such as Reading Out Loud & TimeOut? lecture series. (Ross: No. 21)
Started out as Chair: HugoDann, Vice Chair: LizMcQuaid?; Dann stepped down in June due to health concerns, and EdSavage and McQuaid? became co-chairs Week: July 19 - 26, 2009. Pride Day: July 25. 2009-06-02 Halifax Pride Gets Hallmark Status. Parade: nonconfirmed: 60,000 Pride undergoing a complete rebranding as Atlantic Canada's Largest LGBTQ Cultural Event. (Ross: No. 22)
Co-Chairs: LizMcQuaid? & EdSavage. Week: July 17th - 26th. Pride Day: July 24th. Four "timeOUT" lectures at SGR Library with 30-50 each one; 70 people in the city's first Dyke March (photos here.) (Ross: No. 23)
July 17-24, 2011, logo/Theme - 'Better Together' Co-Chairs: EdSavage, TanyaBloomfield; Secretary: AdamNoble?; Treasurer: ClaudiaLegg?; Entertainment Coordinator LizMcQuaid?; Community Fair Coordinator: KimberlyFowlow?; Sponsorship Coordinator: MarionSteele?; Queer Acts Festival Coordinator: AdamReid?; Fundraising Coordinator: ColinHebb?; Parade Coordinator: PaulForrest?; Volunteer Coordinator: KathyWalsh?; Communications Coordinator: NathanBoudreau?; Merchandise Coordinator: KristaSnow?; Other Directors: SusanSangster?, TrentSlaunwhite?. Added later: Co-Chair LizMcQuaid? replaces Tanya; Communications: AncelLangille?; Entertainment chair: KenMurray?. Award winners - Neville MacKay? - Parade Grand Marshall. Events - Halifax Pride hosted the Fierte Canada Pride (FCP) conference in March, 2011/Dykes vs Divas Ball Game, 2,400 people, Queer Acts Theatre, NSRAP Lunchtime Lecture Series, first Sponsors' Reception, Province House and City Hall Rainbow Flag raised, CBC participates for the first time in the Parade, first 'Kids Can' area on site with 75 children attending; police count on parade route - 80,000! (Ross: No. 24)
Videos of the parade by RegGiles
January 17, 2011
Registry of Joint Stock Companies lists directors: TrentSlaunwhite?, NathanBoudreau?, SusanSangster?, KristaSnow?, PaulForrest?, EdSavage, TanyaBloomfield, AdamNoble?, ClaudiaLegg?, LizMcQuaid?, AdamReid?, ColinHebb?, KathyWalsh?, MarionSteele?, RossBoutilier
October 13, 2011
2011 AGM elects TamiMeredith?, AdamNoble?, EricSangster?, KenMurray?, TamVivian?, BlaireChapman?, JennaNelson?, FrankBuzanson? & KathyWalsh?.
Dates - July 20-29, 2012, Pride Day Saturday July 28, 2012. (Ross: No. 25)

This page is part of the HistoryProject. Much info will also fall out of the GAEZETTE/Wayves Index Project. Here, we'll want at the very least:


1. email, JayThordarson to RaymondTaavel, June 23, 2005