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qathet Pride society gets green light to host parade in July

Flag raising, gender-bending clothing swap and Pride in the Park also included in upcoming events
PRIDE EVENTS: qathet Pride Society has released a schedule of events for June and July, including a flag raising ceremony on Monday, June 3, at Powell River City Hall. A similar ceremony [above] took place in 2023.

qathet Pride Society (qPRIDE) is kicking off a month of events with a flag-raising ceremony at 10 am on Monday, June 3, at Powell River City Hall. 

The society has activities planned for the month of June and July, representing the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

"We have an amazing team and a great partnership with Trans qathet and everyone on the board is really motivated to provide diverse events to reach more of the community this year," said 

pride society president Donna Gillenardo-Goudreau. "qathet Pride has had the goal to have a parade for several years but we finally have the volunteers, funds and permission from the City of Powell River and [BC] Ministry of Transportation to make it a reality this year."

Gillenardo-Goudreau said the society has had positive feedback from local businesses, organizations and politicians who want to join in. 

"We are also very excited to have Tla'amin Nation take part and open the ceremony at Pride in the Park," said Gillenardo-Goudreau.

Pride in the Park takes place at Willingdon Beach Park after the Pride Parade on Saturday, July 6. The gathering will include speakers, vendors and music from 3:30 to 11 pm.

"We hope the parade will truly be an expression of queer joy and a way for the qathet region to come out and support their LGBTQIA2S+ community members," said Gillenardo-Goudreau. "We want to show those who may not understand us that we live, work and volunteer here, and we are and always will be a part of this community."

To find the schedule of events, go to

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