CALGARY – To commemorate their 25th Anniversary, Calgary Pride launched a new look and revealed several major milestones at a media launch event in East Village, where the Langevin Bridge was lit up in rainbow for the morning commute.
“I am really pleased to say that after 25 years, a new day is dawning in our city where we have a society that is increasingly free from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. One that is open and accepting of all people,” says Stephen Wright, President of Pride Calgary Planning Committee.
With the C of Red in full swing, Calgary Pride is also thrilled to announce that Calgary Flames President of Operations Brian Burke will be marching in the 25th Annual Pride Parade as the Grand Marshal. Mr Burke has been a outspoken supporter of the LGBTQA community, and is one of the founders of the “You Can Play” campaign, which is dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sport.
Over the last five years, Calgary Pride has grown from 5,000 to 50,000 annual attendees. This year the festival is expected to grow beyond 60,000.
At the event, Pride celebrated a new day dawning with the announcement of an exciting new partnership with presenting sponsor ATB Financial, international headlining performer Catey Shaw of New York City, and expansion of the parade to now take place on 9th Avenue downtown, to accommodate the record growth. City Councillor Evan Woolley, ATB Executive VP Rob Bennett and original Pride Parade organizer Nancy Miller, helped kick off the countdown to the 25th Anniversary Festival with a special sunrise rainbow lighting of the Langevin Bridge.
Registrations for this year’s parade open Monday, May 11 at 8am. There are a limited number of spaces available and expected to fill up quickly.
“Everyone who believes in the values of equality and diversity are welcome” said Wright.
Calgary Pride also announced a group of new and returning sponsors and partners: Winners/HomeSense/Marshalls, Virgin Radio, Global Television, Hyatt Regency Calgary, Norton Rose Fulbright, Shell Canada, and Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club.