Gather at city hall at 10:30 am for the land acknowledgement and to introduce all of our pride festivities.
We will begin the walk down Main Street at 11 am. It will be lead by the QPOC (Queer People of Colour) community as well as disabled folks, or anyone with mobility difficulties, at the front in order to set the pace and make sure no community member is left behind.
No in-uniform participation.
No political parties.
No second agenda.
Beginning at Airdrie’s City Hall Parking Lot and moving south along Main Street to the Nose Creek Park Entrance at Allen Street.
Please note: Parking is available at Nose Creek Park, or at Towerlane Mall. There is NO TRANSPORTATION between the two locations. It is approximately a one-kilometre walk between destinations.
Why does Airdrie Pride choose a Solidarity Walk instead of a parade?
Because Pride is resistance.
Resisting those who try to silence us, diminish us, and divide us.
It all began this way on June 28th, 1969, with Marsha P. Johnson; a Black, Transgender woman, leading The Stonewall Riots. This sparked the gay rights movement as we know it, lead us to the parades and festivals celebrating pride today, and is the reason that June was chosen as the international Pride month.
“A tipping point in history where we know, with absolute clarity, that everything changed.” – Manhattan Borough president, Gale. A. Brewer 2015
Despite being this driving force behind one of the greatest human rights movements in history, Queer People of Colour, particularly Trans Women of Colour remain some of the most vulnerable and overlooked members of our community today.
We are choosing a Solidarity Walk instead of a parade to pay homage to this community-driven resistance and pay homage Marsha P. Johnson and all of those before us who fought and died in order to propel us forward into a world of love and acceptance.
We acknowledge that while they conquered amazing feats, there is still more work to be done and we will carry that torch forward in their name. We at Airdrie Pride recognize the impact of intersectionality and commit to ongoing inclusion and support of all of our community members, especially those most at risk.
This is by the people, for the people. Where our community will stand together, in solidarity, as a testament of our unity, resilience, and refusal to go quietly into the night.
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Pride in the Park
Our theme for Airdrie Pride 2022 is REIGNITING COMMUNITY
One of our driving beliefs at Airdrie Pride is that people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community should not have to leave their community to find their community. We envision that this first in person pride event in Airdrie since the pandemic will make a bold statement of coming back together.
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12:00 p.m. Land Recognition | Speeches | Flag Raising at Nose Creek Park Stage/Totem Poles
12:30 p.m. Booths | Food Trucks | Entertainment all in Nose Creek Park
4:00 p.m. Event Ends
City of Airdrie Inclusivity
The City of Airdrie will raise the Pride flag from June 1 to 30 at the old Main Street fire hall location across the street from city hall. The municipality will also illuminate Airdrie City Hall in pride colours on June 18, 2022. The City has once again recognized June as “Pride Month,” after City council approved a proclamation request from Airdrie Pride Society in May.
Don’t forget the pride path in Nose Creek Park!
We would love to see your pictures on social media of everyone enjoying our rainbow path. Be sure to tag us in your socially distant snapshots. Use the hashtag #AirdriePride2022
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