Saint John Pride Week is back with in-person events

Saint John kicks off Pride Week Tuesday with events for all ages and this year, in-person activities are back.

Things will start at 10 a.m. with Mayor Donna Reardon hoisting the Pride Flag.

Saint John Pride President Michael Cummings said this year was an exciting one as every event last year had to be broadcast online due to COVID.

“We haven’t seen many of our friends in a while. We’re excited to do so this year.”

Michael Cummings is the president of Saint John Pride. (Submitted by Michael Cummings)

Some of the events include a week-long exhibition in an art gallery at the Cobalt Art Gallery, a varied arts exhibition at the BMO Center, a panel on Saint John’s queer history in Market Square, a drag show free and a bingo.

But the flagship event, Cummings said, will be openly gay Olympian Mark Tewksbury speaking at the Imperial Theater on Thursday.

“This is the biggest event Saint John Pride has ever hosted. Get someone of this caliber to share their story.

Cummings said Tewksbury will talk about everything from his childhood as a gay man in Canada, his journey to the Olympics and his induction into the Order of Canada.

He will also answer questions from the audience.

The flagship event will be an opening speech by Mark Tewksbury, a former Calgary Olympian who is also a gay rights advocate.

This year, Saint John Pride decided not to hold a pride parade due to COVID.

“We don’t want to have that many people together. We’re going to focus on the other in-person events,” Cummings said.

He said half of this year’s events will be free and invites everyone to participate.

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