When Linda Furlotte left Fredericton two decades ago, she said the city wasn’t eager to fly the Pride flag high above city hall.
But now, she’s come back from her home in Dartmouth, N.S. to see for herself how Fredericton Pride is opening doors for the city’s diverse population.
“To see the changes in terms of Fredericton and the total inclusion and acceptance … It’s wonderful to see,” she said.
This year’s pride festival and parade caused an explosion of colour, laughter and love to hit Fredericton’s downtown area on Sunday.
It finished a busy Pride weekend full of music and social events, drag shows, and the unveiling of the capital city’s first rainbow sidewalk in front of city hall.
As storm clouds parted, the parade flooded Northumberland, King, York and Queen Streets.
People of all ages danced through the streets, dressed brightly and smiling big.
Four-legged friends helped spread the pride as well.
Members of local churches and law enforcement joined citizens, along with MP Matt DeCourcey and Premier Brian Gallant, who waved and cheered with the crowd.
Spectators on the sidewalks followed the parade to Officers’ Square for an afternoon of music, dancing, and colourfully-decorated vendors.
As a few hundred people gathered downtown, organizers told the crowd it was the biggest year for the Fredericton Pride Festival yet since the first parade in 2010.
It was an event that was a long time in the making, especially after former mayor Brad Woodside…