By Chad Ingram
Pubilshed Feb. 2 2017
Building on the success of last year’s Pride Picnic a group of Mindenites are planning an even bigger party for this summer.
While last year’s picnic was held on July 2 and attracted about 50 people to the lawn at the Wild Swan B&B this year’s celebration of the LGBTQ community which will be called Minden Pride and take place in August is poised to be much larger in scope and encapsulate more of the downtown.
Members of the organizing committee paid a visit to Minden Hills councillors during their Jan. 25 meeting.
“I’m a proud Mindenite I’m a proud gay person I’m a proud Christian and I think that builds into being a proud citizen of Canada” organizing committee member and downtown business owner Sinclair Russell told councillors. “We’re not only trying to celebrate we’re trying to educate and build community spirit.”
The group is organizing a series events between Aug. 21 and 27 that will be part of Minden Pride. A number of local businesses churches and other organizations are already on board.
Musical entertainment a tea dance a church service and a river float parade are just some of the events the committee is planning.
“We are not asking you guys for any money we are just asking for your support” Russell told councillors.
From the township the committee is looking for the rainbow flag to again be raised outside the Minden Hills office (it flew outside the Milne Street building for the first time last year) use of township property assistance from the community services department access to Rotary Park a possible partial road closure and an online listing of Pride Minden events.
“We want to do lots of water activities maybe even games” Russell said adding the committee would also like to transform the Loggers’ Crossing foot bridge into a giant rainbow for the occasion.
“Come and join us wave your flag and show your pride.”