FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Pride Society is ‘Living Authentically as Nature Intended’ during Pride week in Fort St. John.
Pride Week runs from May 27th to June 3rd, with events going on across the city, including an art exhibit and the Pride Walk.
The week began with the Pride in the Community art exhibit at Peace Gallery North, with the opening reception on May 27th.
North Peace Pride Society president, Lyle Goldie, said it had a wonderful turnout, with approximately 68 pieces displayed by local artists of all ages and skill levels.
“It’s for everyone,” said Florencia Ormeno, the gallery’s curator. “You can purchase the art, and everything goes to the artists and the Pride Society.”
The exhibit will be on display only until June 3rd at 5 p.m.
The next event took place at Beard’s Brewing, with a social gathering for pride on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday night, the North Peace Leisure Pool is holding a “Glow with Pride” event featuring turned-down lights, glowsticks and loud music from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday night will be the premiere of NPPS Walking on Sunshine – Pride Week 2022 at the Lido at 6:30 p.m.
“That documentary showcases Pride last year — the Walking on Sunshine Pride walk,” Goldie said.
“It was a film crew from Calgary sponsored by TELUS that did a bunch of interviews with different members of the community and put it all together with video from the actual Pride Walk.”
Admission to the movie premiere is by donation.
On Friday, the Pomeroy Sport Centre is holding a Glow with Pride Skate from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the oval for scooter riders and roller skaters.
Pride week culminates on Saturday with a walk, festival and a Wizard of Oz dance.
The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with speeches and special guests.
After the speeches, the Pride walk begins, starting at Centennial Stage and going around the Pomeroy Sport Centre and around Festival Plaza.
At approximately 3 p.m. is when the festival starts, which includes food, entertainment from acts such as Tantrum FSJ and other surprises.
The festival ends at approximately 5 p.m., followed by a cleanup.
The Wizard of Oz Pride Dance starts at 8 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.
“I’m really happy about that. The turnout that we had last year was incredible, and this year is going to be really fun,” Goldie said.
“The team that is focused on that has really done well at creating that Wizard of Oz atmosphere or environment.”
At the dance, there will be prizes for the best costume of the Wizard of Oz and the best Dorothy costume.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
The society’s president joked, “Sunday is a recovery day,” and maybe some cleanup time.
This year’s Pride Week theme is Living Authentically as Nature Intended.