Photo by Jenny Fisher
Photo by Jenny Fisher

Peterborough Pride week got off to a great start with co-operative weather for the raising of the Pride Flag at City Hall on Friday, September 12.

An intimate crowd of roughly 30 supporters, ranging in age, gathered on a pleasant, sunny afternoon to watch the short event.

Mayor Daryl Bennett and spokesperson Trish Slavik raised the rainbow flag to signify the beginning of Pride Week, accompanied by enthusiastic applause.

This is Bennett’s fourth year supporting the week-long public event. He stated, with a playful pun, how proud he was to be a part of such a diverse community while reading the Pride Day Proclamation.

The raising of the flag marked the beginning of the 12th year of Pride celebrations in Peterborough.

Slavik spoke to the crowd about the many educational and entertaining events  that will be happening around the city in the upcoming week, including film screenings, socials, live music, and game nights.

The week will culminate with the Peterborough Pride Parade on September 20, starting at 2pm, which will march down George Street and into Del Crary Park.

Pride week will last from September 13-20; check out all of the great Pride events listed on the website peterboroughpride.ca or on their Facebook community page.

Check back next week for more Pride coverage in Arthur, and check out the TQC’s perspective.