(Pride parade gets ready to roll in downtown Prince George on Saturday. Photos – 250 News)
Prince George, B.C. – There was plenty of sunshine, lots of colour and a good-sized crowd on hand for the 16th annual Prince George Pride Parade on Saturday.
Organizers with the Prince George Pride Society had expected 500 participants from not just the city but Quesnel, Williams Lake, Dawson Creek and Smithers as well. And they were not disappointed by either the number of people taking part or the size of the crowd that lined the route. The parade kicked off at 11:30 a.m. and travelled along George Street to 3rd Avenue, up to Brunswick, over to 8th Avenue, down through the Civic Centre Plaza and along 7th back to City Hall.
This year marked the first time the RCMP had participated in the Prince George Pride Parade. Officers and staff members from the City detachment and North District Headquarters walked the route or drove in the four police vehicles involved. The RCMP specifically said that it wanted to celebrate the diversity in the city and surrounding communities.
Several groups and organizations were represented in this year’s parade, including Prince George Fire/Rescue, the B.C. Ambulance Service, CUPE members who work at City Hall, the SPCA, BCGEU, a number of local restaurants, members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Community, university and college students and the business community.
Prince George City Council was also represented at this year’s event as Mayor Shari Green and Councillors Murry Krause and Albert Koehler walked near the tail end of the parade.