Thousands line the streets for Halifax Pride parade

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Thousands line the streets for Halifax Pride parade

The 35th annual Halifax Pride parade made its way through the city on Saturday with members of dozens of organizations waving flags at enthusiastic spectators lining the streets.

Festivities kicked off on Thursday and the theme this year is RECONNECT.

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Victoria Welland/CBC

"We've come a long way and we've done a lot of good and now it's time to use this power to lift everybody else." said Tuma Young, this year's Pride ambassador.

"Now we need to turn the power of our pride community and see how can we help Nova Scotia."

He estimated there were up to 30,000 people lining the parade route Saturday.

Young is a two-spirit Mi'kmaw lawyer from Cape Breton and someone who has been an LGBTQ2+ community activist for decades.

In 2021, Young was recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project.

Young attended Halifax's first Pride parade in 1987 and said there's been a lot of change since. During the first march, Young said some colleagues wore paper bags over their faces because it was legal at the time to fire someone over their sexual orientation.

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Robert Guertin/CBC

Young said 75 people took part in the parade in 1987, noting that there were more people lined up for juice and pop on Saturday than participated in the original parade.

Now, Young's community of Eskasoni along with other Mi'kmaw communities around Nova Scotia are hosting their own Pride and two-spirit events.

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Robert Guertin/CBC

In Halifax, the parade started near Citadel High School.

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Robert Guertin/CBC

There were several street closures to make room for the parade. Some transit routes were also affected during the parade.

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