‘Meaningful and beautiful’: Calgary Pride Week reaches people across country with digital festival

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People from Halifax, rural Quebec, Vancouver Island and many other places in Canada joined in online.

Because of its success, Thistle said online content will most likely be brought back for future Pride celebrations, but they still missed the in-person interaction and large parade this year.

The in-person events had limited access because of the pandemic restrictions on gatherings, but the organization hosted drive-in movies, drag shows and Pride Pub at Twisted Element.

“Saturday night, we were at the Ramada Hotel for a Plain Jane Events live drag show that was on the rooftop pool patio. All guests for the show were in their own rooms, so you could attend with your bubble up to four people per room. And you had your own balcony to watch the show. It was amazing, vibrant, fabulous and as rich as it possibly could have been,” said Thistle.

“It was loud and proud and beautiful.”

Calgary Pride’s partners, including ATB Financial, showed up this year and, through additional grants, the group raised enough money this Pride Week to cover expenses, employ more LGBTQ Albertans than ever before and deliver more programming.

People really showed up for the LGBTQ community, Thistle said.

The learning series is available on the Calgary Pride app.

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