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Regina's Pride week taking over the Queen City

Queen City Pride officially got underway on Monday with a raising of its flag at the Saskatchewan legislature.

The launch kicked off a week of entertaining and glittery events that Jesse Ireland, chairman of the non-profit Regina Pride Inc., described as “light-hearted and fun” in celebrating the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

“There is something for everyone,” Ireland told Metro about the festivities.

“We cover everything from education and resources, all the way to arts and entertainment.”

Last year, the pride festival was able to triple its attendance from 2011, as more than 1,000 people took in its Saturday afternoon parade. Nearly 2,000 showed up at an after-party at Victoria Park.

“We’ve really started trying to expand the festival and make it a bigger celebration than it ever has been in the past,” said Ireland.

Organizers want to continue expanding the network of participants by offering a range of events at different venues, such as a community fair at Cornwall Centre on Thursday and a glitter party at Gabbo’s that night.

“This isn’t a festival for people of the LGBT community,” said Ireland. “It’s for everyone who wants to take part – it’s for allies, it’s for friends and it’s for family.”

Queen City Pride has been happening for 23 years. The festivities, earlier on, ran for only one or two days and focused more on rallying for LGBT rights. Ireland pointed out that the festival has shifted to more of a celebration, though it still strives to make a statement.

“The point of the festival is to show some awareness to the diversity that we do have in Regina,” Ireland said, “and it is good to have the support of our friends coming to take part.”

For a list of events, visit http://queencitypride.ca.

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