Calgary Pride festival kicks off with art displays, online workshops

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Calgary Pride “sashayed its way” into reimagined programming to celebrate its 30th anniversary amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Pride festival began Friday and will feature over 100 online workshops, the work of 300 LGBTQ artists and community events to celebrate resiliency, community and love.

Parker Chapple, the executive director of Calgary Pride, said it has been stressful but exciting to bring the group’s new vision to life.

“It was only four-and-a-half months ago that the world changed very drastically and I am awe-inspired by our team at Calgary Pride and the community for how quickly we were able to sashay our way into a new idea,” said Chapple.

“It was about really understanding what the end goal for Pride is each year. And that is to celebrate, connect, ignite dialogue, create opportunities for folks to learn more about our community and to ask questions.”

Parker Chapple, executive director for Calgary Pride poses at the Calgary Public Library in downtown Calgary on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Jim Wells/Postmedia
Parker Chapple, executive director for Calgary Pride. JimWells/Postmedia

This year, there are multiple #OurPride community partner events happening across the city, each taking place in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. This includes markets, food trucks, a rooftop party and more events to raise funds for organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

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