Rebecca Xie with the Neelin High School Gay-Straight Alliance gets a rainbow painted on her cheek during Brandon Pride Weekend events in Princess Park last year. (FILE PHOTO)
The Brandon Pride Committee wants to "colour your world with pride" this weekend.
"We want to invite anyone from Brandon and Westman to celebrate with us," committee chair Ken Jackson said. "The good feeling we get doing this keeps growing and growing every year."
Jackson said this year’s "colour your world with pride" theme will celebrate the strides Manitoba communities have made when it comes to including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered/ transsexual, two-spirited, queer or questioning community.
"We have pride here for the people who can’t have pride in different countries," he said. "We’re definitely happy to be part of that chain of events that happen all the way across the country."
The fifth annual Brandon Pride, in partnership with the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) and Knox United Church, has plans to celebrate diversity in the Wheat City and Westman all weekend.
The community event kicks off today with a flag-raising ceremony at Brandon City Hall at 11 a.m.
On Friday, SERC will host a lunch and learn from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverbank Discovery Centre followed by all-ages bowling at Thunderbird Bowl from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for both events are $10 each.
On Saturday, Pride in the Park will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Princess Park. The free daytime event will include educational booths, entertainment by Misty Street and refreshments.
The "colour your world with pride" social will also take place Saturday at the Valleyview Community Centre from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets to that event are available at SERC or Smitten.
The Brandon Pride weekend will close Sunday with a Pride worship service hosted by Knox United Church in Princess Park at 10 a.m. If the weather is nasty, the service will be held in the church, at 18th Street and Victoria Avenue.
Jackson said the annual Pride event continues to be well-received by the Brandon community.
"It would be great if we could have our own parade some year, but until that time, I’m still really happy that we can participate within the greater community here," he said.
"It’s really nice seeing people cheering you on ... and wishing you luck in your event."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 12, 2014