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Rainbows adorn Collingwood’s downtown for inaugural Pride fest (11 photos)

Collingwood Pride takes place from July 15-18 with both virtual and in-person events

Collingwood’s downtown is aglow with rainbows to celebrate the inaugural Collingwood Pride Festival.

The virtual element of Collingwood Pride will be taking place July 15 and 16. It will feature speakers, educators and entertainers all celebrating LGBTQ+ life, including host and moderator Leslie Roberts (CTV News), keynote speakers Carole Pope (singer, songwriter, actress and activist), Carson Arthur (global landscape designer and HGTV personality) and Kurtis Gabriel (hockey forward for the San Jose Sharks), as well as local dignitaries.

The event will include Drag Queens and Kings hosting trivia breaks, make-up tutorials, lip sync breaks and interactive games. There will also be celebrity cameo appearances by Jann Arden, Carson Kressley, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Priyanka and Fortune Feimster in addition to panels on diverse topics led by local community speakers.

In-person events will include an official reveal of the Town of Collingwood’s Rainbow Crosswalk, a Pride flag-raising, downtown decor celebrations and individual events put on by downtown businesses. All in-person events will abide by COVID-19 safety recommendations from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

The Pride flag raising in Collingwood will be taking place on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Collingwood Public Library, and will be streamed virtually.

To register for Collingwood Pride, click here.

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Jessica Owen is an experienced journalist working for Village Media since 2018, primarily covering Collingwood and education.
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