There will be no Pride walk and festival in Fort St. John this year, but organizers say they are making alternative plans to celebrate.
City council has proclaimed May 31 to June 6 as Pride Week. In a letter to council, North Peace Pride Society treasurer Don McMillan says this year's public festivities are being cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions, but there are plans to return to Centennial Park in June 2021.
In the meantime, the Society is exploring its options to hold a drive-by parade for June 6, and looking to host a dance at the curling club on Sept. 12, if circumstances permit. The Pride flag will be flown outside city hall for the week starting May 31.
"The proclamation by the City both recognizes and promotes Fort St John as a community which celebrates diversity and inclusiveness, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community," McMillan writes.
"The Pride Society appreciates the continued support by City Council, as 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the North Peace Pride Society. We are proud to call Fort St John our home."
The Society is also looking to produce banners for its 2021 celebrations to hang on lamp standards around the recreation complex, McMillan writes.
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