Kamloops Thompson Teachers' Association
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KTTA Social Justice Committee Members
Laurel Macpherson, co-chair (KTTA)
David Komljenovic, co-chair (Westsyde Sec.)
Brenda Celesta (Brocklehurst Middle)
Nichelle Penney (HGEC)
Kamloops Pride Events - August 17-20, 2017
(From: Nichelle Penney)
If you haven't heard already, Kamloops is organizing it's first downtown Pride Parade and you're invited!
Kamloops Pride is excited to be hosting its inaugural downtown Pride Parade and celebration weekend August 17th-20th, 2017! Our organization aims to provide a fun, inclusive, and affirming event lineup that will appeal to both members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, Trans, queer/questioning, two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) community and the Kamloops community at large.
Our Pride weekend will kick-off with a burlesque showcase at The Blue Grotto on Thursday, August 17th.
On Friday, August 18th, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and their allies will be invited to a family-friendly sign-making event.
Representatives from Kamloops Pride will be on-location at the Kamloops Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 19th to rally the community ahead of the Parade the following day.
Celebrations will kick into high gear on Saturday evening with a dance, allowing members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and their allies to come together in solidarity to celebrate visibility, community, inclusivity, love, and diversity.
Kamloops Pride’s celebrations will culminate with the city’s first-ever downtown Pride Parade on Sunday, August 20th. Marchers will begin to gather at 10AM in Riverside Park for mustering and last-minute registration before the Parade at 11AM. Local musicians will provide entertainment during this first hour as participants mingle and learn more about community organizations at a collection of booths in Riverside Park. A handful of food trucks will be on-site selling food to Parade-goers. Participants will be officially greeted with an address from our president Kirstin McLaughlin before being directed to assemble. The procession will include invited arts and entertainment groups such as local dancers, performance artists, and musicians. The Parade will wind past City Hall and up Victoria Street, turning left on 5th Avenue before returning to Riverside Park via Lansdowne Street. Upon return, participants will enjoy more live music and entertainment until 2pm.
For more information or to get involved please visit:
*Please note that unions are asked to fill out the community organization form, unless people are marching separately.
NOTE - the KTTA will be participating in the parade and will also consider organizing a booth.