Pride flag hoisted at St. John’s Town Hall
St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen pulled on the ropes to hoist the pride flag on the morning of July 16, as Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary addressed a small crowd gathered at the Hotel de city to mark the start of Pride Week in the metro area.
“It’s definitely a week of incredible celebrations of diversity in our community,” said O’Leary. “It’s important that we make sure we have a community that includes everyone.
Breen said that while the centerpiece of Pride Week, the Pride Parade, is not taking place for the second year in a row due to restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pride week is a good time of year.
“We always have a little nice weather and everyone is feeling great so it’s a good news week,” said Breen. “It’s important to remind people that this city is a collection of different communities, different groups, different people, different backgrounds, so it’s always important to celebrate them and be an inclusive city. One of our goals as a city is to be a city where people can work, play and raise families, and a place where people feel like they belong, and that helps people feel they belong. to our community.
Greg Noseworthy, St. John’s Pride internal co-chair, said that just like last year, they need to find ways to celebrate while keeping safety in mind.
“Safety is always the number one priority so making sure we do that and being able to have a safe way to celebrate this week is key for us,” Noseworthy said.
The committee has organized a week of comedy shows, music, drag shows and beer tastings, as well as family events this year.
For full details, visit the Saint-Jean pride Facebook page.