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Kootenay Pride Parade culminates a great Pride Weekend

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
September 4th, 2017

Kootenay Pride Weekend keeps getting better, and better and . . ..

The Kootenay Pride Parade celebrated its 21st anniversary with style and pomp on Sunday afternoon on Baker Street before hundreds of spectators.

Baker Street was lined with people waving rainbow flags and clever signs to cheer on the parade.

NDP MLA for Nelson-Creston Michelle Mungall was in attendance yet again, joined by Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski as the two politicians waved to the crowd from outside a car sunroof.

From rainbow face paint to homemade signs encouraging acceptance, equality and love, the tinier members of the community were everywhere to be seen in the crowd and the parade itself.

Another interesting and fantastic element of the parade was the presence of nearly every church in the city. Despite the often-combative history between religion and the LGBTQ community, church organizations and supporters were marching side-by-side with the other parade goers, a sign of unity indicative of the Nelson vibe.

The fun can’t last forever, and after all the noise and revelry was over Baker Street returned to normal.

However, the atmosphere love and acceptance that Nelson is known for remained and there were still a few rainbow flags baked under the unseasonable hot sun.

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