The rainbow flag was raised at City Hall yesterday, marking the launch of the annual Saskatoon Pride Festival, running this year from June 10th to 24th.
As a district, Downtown Saskatoon is open, inviting and colourful, and we believe in all things inclusive, diverse and community-related. With the Festival also checking these boxes (with multi-coloured bells and whistles, mind you), it’s hard not to love the Saskatoon Pride Festival. With an annual parade that animates our Downtown, and with fashion shows, pool parties, and spin classes in night clubs, we feel the pride–gay or otherwise–over the course of the full two weeks and long after the flag is lowered.
Our district is always vibrant and lively, but when our storefronts, sidewalks and windows are dressed with rainbow flags, our community support goes up a notch (or five) and we can’t help but to want to show that off.
And that goes for apparel, too. Show your own support in screaming colour with a Saskatoon Pride tank, hoodie, or tee. With DTNYXE being the walkable entertainment district it is, we’re sure you won’t have any shortage of events to wear it to this summer.
You can buy the the tank tops at most Pride events (check out the entire lineup of events here (there are a bunch of Downtown events you won’t want to miss out on), and hoodie/tees at Hardpressed Print Studio or hardpressed.ca. (All proceeds from Hardpressed’s Pride merchandise goes directly to the Out Saskatoon Youth Home).
About Saskatoon Pride (taken from saskatoonpride.ca)
The Saskatoon Pride Festival, hosted by the Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), is an annual festival providing an accessible space in which to celebrate queerness, fostering community pride, and raising awareness of queer culture within the larger community. The Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN) is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization which serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, transsexual, inter-sex, two spirit, queer, and questioning community, family, and supporters. We exist to raise awareness of queer community and culture by facilitating, organizing, promoting, and presenting a queer pride festival.
LGBTQ2S+ Model pictured above: Omayra Issa, reporter with Radio-Canada/CBC
A message from CBC/Radio-Canada, whose Saskatoon offices are located in Downtown Saskatoon:
At CBC/Radio-Canada we are committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity through our programming, our workforce and our relationships with communities across the country.
LGBTQ2S+ Model pictured above: Melody Wood, Two Spirit, OUTSaskatoon Board Member, Saskatoon Pride friend
LGBTQ2S+ Model pictured above: Jon Aschenbrener, Pride Board Member, Realtor