Party Crasher: Partying With Pride
Movers and shakers were shaking it and moving it with community leaders at this year’s festival kick-off.
June 29, 2016
photography by Kevan Morin
Bridget Ryan and Mike Chalut give a “cheers” to pride
The crowd was festive, fabulous and fun at the Edmonton Pride Kick-off party. The party marked the beginning of the 10-day June festival that celebrated gender and sexual diversity within the capital region.
Held at the Radisson Hotel’s Imperial ballroom, the event began with schmoozing, munching on hors d’ouevres, photo opportunities (where attendees could pose as the “I” in Pride) and sparkling wine, while taking in the art of featured LGBTQ artist, Evan Westfal. “It’s a real opportunity to showcase members of the LGBTQ community, and their talents,” said Pride’s treasurer Darin Scott. “I think it’s really important to celebrate who we are and not have any fear of it.”
Alyssa Demers and Darin Scott
Later, hosts Mike Chalut of 91.7 FM and Dinner Television’s Bridget Ryan took to the podium to usher in the evening’s annual Pride Awards ceremony. “It’s important to celebrate people in our community,” said Pride’s Director of Youth Engagement Alyssa Demers. “Because they are our pathfinders.”
“It’s about bringing people together so it’s so nice to see the different kinds of artwork available and different talents and people passionate about what they do. It’s like one big family.”
-Francine Mercier, Artist
“I think it is really important for us to recognize people who’ve made the LGBTQ community what it is today. It’s important for us to pause and reflect and also important to encourage the next generation of leaders to step up, because we stand on the shoulders of giants and we need take up and run with that torch that is being passed.”-Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault
Michael Phair looks on to the Pride Awards
This article appears in the July 2016 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.