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Everyone loves Kootenay Pride Parade

Dancers filled the flatbed trailer during the annual Kootenay Pride Parade Sunday afternoon on Baker Street. — The Nelson Daily photos

The Nelson downtown was buzzing with excitement Sunday afternoon as spectators lined Baker Street to witness in person the annual Kootenay Pride Parade.

The parade was part of a week of celebrations by the local LGBTQ community.

Baker Street was lined with people waving rainbow flags as the parade snaked through the downtown core, starting at the former Central School parking lot before proceeding down Stanley Street, onto Victoria Street and then to 300 Baker Street.

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.

Participants in the parade included NDP MLA for Nelson-Creston Michelle Mungall, her guest Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia and Government House Leader; as well as Kootenay Columbia NDP MP Wayne Stetski.

Headed up  by Nelson Police Department patrol vehicles and Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band, the parade had representation from the BC Nurses Union, Kootenay Co-op as well as numerous churches in Nelson and special interest groups.

The parade concluded at Hall Street prior to Parade After Party at Silver Root Tap House.

Kootenay Pride 2019 concluded Monday with Mimosa Monday at the Hume Library Lounge.

The Kootenay Pride Parade brought together participants celebrating the LGBTQ movement from all walks of life.

Kootenay Columbia NDP MP Wayne Stetski joined the parade.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia and Government House Leader, joined Nelson Creston MLA and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall in the parade.

There were plenty of colourful floats in the parade.

As well as many in the parade dressed in colourful costumes.

When the parade concluded, there was time for the annual team picture.