Portage Pride to gather Saturday a.m.

The Portage Citizen — Rain or shine this Saturday, Portage la Prairie’s LGBTTQ2 community and its supporters will take part in the March for Equality.

Portage Pride first marched here in Aug. 2016. Since then the march has morphed into the March for Equality, explaining its intent beyond the LGBTTQ2 community and to a wider audience.

Organizers say, “come celebrate ‘you’ at Portage la Prairie’s annual Pride Day!

“The Pride Portage celebration is an all-ages event that acknowledges, embraces, and helps protect the diversity of our community and citizens, and celebrates everyone of all walks of life. It is also a time to celebrate Portage la Prairie,” say organizers.

In its social media messaging, Portage Pride organizers says the day’s “primary aim (is) to stand up for all human rights (particularly LGBTTQ* rights, as well as Indigenous and women’s rights), raise awareness and educate others, and dispel negativity and judgement toward those who are marginalized by others, Pride Portage encourages all people to: come together and unite with love and respect for one another; be themselves; celebrate their differences; and most importantly, feel safe in an open, accepting environment. Hate and discrimination will be called out.”

The rally will begin at 10 a.m. with speeches at 10:30 a.m. The march gets underway at 11 a.m. There will be a social including a drag show (8 p.m. – 1 a.m., 18+ event, advance tickets only). All events take place at Herman Prior Activity Centre.

The March for Equality begins at 11 a.m. at Heritage Square parking lot, heading south on Royal Rd. and will travel east along the Crescent Rd., turn north on 3rd St. SE, then west on Saskatchewan Ave. and to the Herman Prior Activity Centre.

Follow Pride Portage on social media @prideportage.

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