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Get ready to pride it up Winnipeg

Organizers are gearing up for a weekend full of fun and partying as Pride Week culminates with a new twice-as-long festival at The Forks and the big parade through downtown Winnipeg Sunday afternoon.

“This is all new to us… I’m really excited to see how Saturday plays out in terms of the size of the crowd and whether or not we get a different crowd than we normally see Sunday,” Pride Winnipeg president Jonathan Niemczak told Metro while busy getting ready for the events Thursday morning. “The festival has always been just on Sunday after the parade, so I’m interested to see how those dynamics work out.”

Niemczak said revelers can expect a similar scene at the newly expanded Saturday festival—think live entertainment, dancing, food vendors, kids activities, and barrels and barrels of Half Pints’ Queer Beer—but this year the party goes until 3 a.m. each night.

The 27th annual parade will get underway at noon Sunday following a rally at the Legislative Building at 11 a.m., which will include a speech from this year’s grand marshal, an Iranian-born gay man who had flee his home country to escape execution.

“He has a very touching story and it plays into our theme of ‘Without Borders’,” said Niemczak.

There are oodles of other events planned over the weekend. For a full list of what’s going on go to pridewinnipeg.com.

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