This article was published on July 21st, 2022
As the mercury started to rise, so did the excitement for Halifax Pride 2022, hosted in Halifax Nova Scotia. Halifax Pride is the largest Pride celebration in the Canadian Maritimes and returned in 2022 after a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. There was a full line-up of events held over 10 days, from drag shows and outdoor dance parties, to a candlelight vigil and the Pride parade.
Halifax Pride took place July 14 – 24, 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. People from across Nova Scotia and neighbouring Maritime provinces came to attend Pride events. It was a magical weekend filled with laugher, tears of remembrance, celebration, re-connecting, new friendships, and memories.
Halifax Pride 2022
Halifax Pride is a 10-day Pride festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the largest Pride event in the Canadian Maritimes, featuring community-organized events, festival, a rally, march, candlelight vigil, and massive Pride parade.
For 2022, Halifax Pride focused on inclusive activities and events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, and activism for the trans community. Throughout the 10 days of events there were drag performances, queer musical numbers, comedians, and a line-of of performers, speakers, dancers, and advocates to celebrate the festivities.
The Garrison Grounds played host to the official Halifax Pride events, while local businesses offered special events and promotions throughout Pride week.
Here is a look and the highlights of just some of the many events from Halifax Pride 2022.
On Friday, July 15, the festival grounds were lit up for The Bump, a full night of fierce drag shows. Drag queens from Halifax and across Nova Scotia, other Maritime provinces, and Peppermint from RuPaul’s Drag Race entertained the audience with non-stop numbers.
It was a thrilling and exciting line-up for drag performances that were carefully choreographed. The crowd went wild with every reveal and death drop.
After the drag shows were over, DJ Dandi laid down beats while revellers enjoyed the outdoor dance area.
Halifax Pride Parade
On Saturday, July 16, the streets of Halifax were a sea of rainbows, glitter, and excitement as the Halifax Pride parade made its way through the downtown core. The parade stepped off at 12:00pm. This was the first full-scale Pride parade Halifax has hosted since the beginning of the pandemic, and it was welcomed by the entire community with open arms.
With soaring temperatures and clear, blue, sunny skies, thousands of people lined the streets to watch the colorful parade. The parade lasted over two hours and had over 125 entries featuring colorful costumes, floats, community groups, local businesses, sponsors, marching bands, political parties, rights activists, first responders, corporate partners, local organizations, not-for-profit groups, and sports groups all participated in the parade.
The Halifax Pride parade had an entourage of local drag queens, LGBTQ+ advocates, and prominent members of the Halifax LGBTQ community.
Pride flags were waving throughout the streets and people shouted, “Happy Pride!”. The entire city was a buzz of excitement. The smiles on people’s faces were a clear sign that Pride is welcome in Halifax, as people came out to support and celebrate Pride.
On the night of Saturday, July 16, the Garrison Grounds were bumping with the beats from DJ Tranzishan, Sand Duperval, and DJ Blackcat (Toronto), for an exciting outdoor dance party. People were excited to be back together on the dancefloor.
Queer Music Fest
The Queer Music Fest took place on Sunday, July 17 at the Garrison Grounds. The event showcased local and regional queer talent and was key for youth and families to come and celebrate Halifax Pride.
It was a heart-warming event to see people from across the spectrum come together. The event included local food trucks, games, a queer marketplace, and sex-education center.
Rally and Pride March,
On the evening of Monday, July 18, advocates for trans rights mobilized at Province House, in the heart of downtown Halifax. Speakers at the rally called on all levels of government to prioritize and make accessible, gender affirming care.
Following the rally, attendees marched 1km, to Peace and Friendship Park. Marchers chanted and had their voices heard throughout the streets of Halifax, while they carried signs with their advocacy messages.
Following the Rally and Pride March, a remembrance ceremony was held at Peace and Friendship Park. It honored queer lives lost and acknowledged the struggles the LGBTQ+ community faces.
Tuma Young QC is L’nu (Mi’kmaq), a noted leader in indigenous, queer, and two-spirit communities, and has been deeply involved with HIV/AIDS activism. Tuma was named the 2022 Halifax Pride Ambassador. During the vigil, Tuma spoke at length about the importance of equality and rights.
Attendees found strength, courage, and compassion through emotional stories and songs. At the end of the vigil, attendees placed candles on the park monument.
Many local businesses decorated their windows, hosted events of their own, and offered special promotions during Halifax Pride. The city’s Pride crosswalk was freshly repainted in time for the festivities.
Even government organizations, like Halifax Transit, got behind Halifax Pride, by decorating one of their ferries that connects Halifax and Dartmouth. The entire city was a buzz of excitement all weekend long.
Plan to Attend Halifax Pride 2023
Fun, laugher, diversity and inclusion, visibility, trans rights, and expressions of love and togetherness are all feelings and emotions that can be felt at Halifax Pride. It’s time to put Halifax Pride on your bucket list of Pride events to attend in 2023. In addition to being a fabulous event, it’s also one more reason to plan a trip to Atlantic Canada.
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