Pride parade takes over Downtown Winnipeg

Love and acceptance, along with a reminder of the challenges taking place for the LGBTQ2S+ community was in the air Sunday morning.

The Winnipeg Pride Parade, which brings members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and its allies together to celebrate, got underway with a rally at the Manitoba legislature.

“For 37 years, Winnipeg Pride has opened minds, nurtured courage and understanding, and given people in this city and this province a chance to sing, and dance and be as fabulous as they want to be,” said Lt. Governor Anita Neville at the rally.

While the mood at the rally was primarily joyful, with attendees encouraged to be fabulous and live their best lives, a reminder of the struggles still in place was also shared, including attempted book bans, the parental rights movement, and an active increase in hate in recent years towards members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Kai Solomon with The Den, which served as the community group marshal, said the battle for equality continues today.

“Our schools have become battlegrounds, where our children’s safety and belonging are more actively challenged, where trustees are not always working to protect all of the students in their care, where small, but vocal groups are causing real damage to those in our community,” they said.

“This hate disguised as concern has spilled out into the larger community, impacting the safety of us all.”

During his speech at the rally ahead of the parade, Premier Wab Kinew took time to affirm his support for the LGBTQ2S+ community and encourage everyone to stand up to hate.

“If somebody stands up and very cynically uses an issue such as parental rights and thinks they’re going to get away with it because it’s the lone trans child in a school far away from them that has to contend with it, I want to send a different message today,” Kinew said.

“If you try and pull that again in Manitoba, it’s not just going to be the lone trans child you’re going to have to contend with. You’re going to have to respond to the Premier of Manitoba, the cabinet of this province, and the entire government of Manitoba.”

Following the speeches, the parade was scheduled to begin marching through downtown to The Forks for the Pride Festival.  

For those unable to make it downtown, CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the 2024 Pride Rally and Parade here with a broadcast cohosted by senior anchor Maralee Caruso and weather specialist Colleen Bready, while Katherine Dow and Ace Burpee’s 103.1 Virgin Radio team chat with special guests along the parade route.

The special coverage will begin at 10 a.m. CST.

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