By Blythe Hunter June 1, Not only is Pride an everyday mood, but a lot of the festivities around it are moving online this year. Get a sneak peek of all 12 queens in action as they perform at Toronto Pride. Puppets, stories and crafts, oh my! As part of the annual Pride season, Fruit Loop has traditionally hosted an in-person celebration featuring a dynamic group of performers, outstanding community partners and an amazing audience.
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Most years during the Edmonton Pride Festival, the Fruit Loop Society of Alberta throws a large-scale street party with live entertainment that can bring in thousands of attendees. Joshua Wolchansky, Fruit Loop's entertainment director, said that after some of the group's events were cancelled in the spring, they wanted to find an alternative during Pride that would allow them to spread a message of love, diversity and inclusion. The event will still feature local businesses and community partners in pre-recorded messages from groups like the Pride Centre of Edmonton and HIV Edmonton. Wolchansky praised the spirit of fellowship he's seen between these groups working together in Edmonton for Pride. The pandemic-related shutdown of large events in comes a year after the Edmonton Pride Festival was cancelled in Before cancelling the event, the Edmonton Pride Festival Society board of directors had faced increasing pressure to better feature the experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in the LGBTQ community.
Edmonton Pride parade blocked by protesters upset by police participation
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Global News has obtained a copy of an email sent out by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society explaining why the edition of the annual event, which aims to educate people and create a spirit of unity by celebrating gender and sexual diversity, has been called off. In a separate email from the Pride Society that Global News obtained, festival organizers address a meeting they held with members of the group on April 4.
Edmonton's annual Pride parade ground to a halt for more than half an hour on Saturday, when demonstrators upset that police officers were allowed to march in the event blocked its route. The demonstrators handed out leaflets calling for the parade's organizers to uninvite city police, RCMP and military members from marching in future parades. The leaflets also demanded the Edmonton Pride Festival Society "restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.