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Yarmouth’s first Pride Parade shaping up well for Sept. 16

Yarmouth Pride Parade organizers Cas LeBlanc, Joey Benoit and Megan Hatfield.
Yarmouth Pride Parade organizers Cas LeBlanc, Joey Benoit and Megan Hatfield.

YARMOUTH -  Organizers of Yarmouth’s first Pride Parade, on Sept. 16, have issued close to 50 parade registrations so far, with 20 entries to date. Participants have until Sept. 12 to turn in their completed forms, says Megan Hatfield.

She, Cas LeBlanc and Joey Benoit are organizing the event with help from about 30 volunteers.

Hatfield says the entertainment lineup for the post-parade celebration at Coronation Park (Milton ballfield) includes Crystal Porter, Elizabeth Wright and the Sound of Colour, Kidzact, Alex Morris, the Royal Flush Gang, as well as some drag queen performances.

Jake's Family Restaurant will have food available on site and the parade committee will have a barbecue.

Businesses and other organizations are helping greatly to outfit the event.

“We have had a great response, with financial support from members of the community,” said Hatfield.

Big Bounce rentals has donated two inflatables and a beanbag toss and will also have a build-a-bear.

Runner’s Attic and the Mariners Centre are lending several tents. The Mariners Centre is also supplying tables and staging. Ocean Blue Music is providing the entertainment system at a reduced cost and Terry’s Rentals has donated a generator.

There will be face painting, henna, glitter tattoos and local vendors selling jewelry.

A GoFundMe campaign is halfway to the goal of  $1,500 and funds have also been received outside that campaign.

“Right now we have about $1,500 in donations and we are hoping the event itself will bring in some revenue for us to help cover all the costs,” said Hatfield.

Costs include porta potty rentals, insurance, supplies for some of the booths (face painting, sucker pulls, henna, barbecue), the entertainment system, volunteer T-shirts and labour to run the bouncy castles. A $20 registration fee per group/float is being charged to help cover parade insurance.

The event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. with the parade starting on Argyle Street and proceeding along Main Street to Coronation Park (Milton ballfield).

More about the Pride Parade

Application forms for the Pride Parade can be accessed from Cas LeBlanc, Joey Benoit or Megan Hatfield. You can also email the LGBTQ+  alliance for more info or forms.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help with costs associated with the event.

An account has also been established at the Paper Chase Bottle Exchange Ltd. at 10 Hardscratch Rd. for donations.

July 27 article about Yarmouth's first Pride Parade

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