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Collingwood Pride

Festival Parade

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson and Simcoe-Grey MP Terry Dowdall

The weather cooperated for the Collingwood Pride Parade on Saturday July 15th. The Pride Collingwood parade is a major attraction at the weekend event.

“I was with Simcoe-Grey MP Terry Dowdall in a classic convertible driven by Greg Taylor. The top was down and we were very glad the rain held off! It was an incredible parade with lots of colourful floats and a big, boisterous crowd lining the downtown streets. This festival certainly delivers the message that love wins in Collingwood. We are an open and inclusive community.”

MP Terry Dowdall, MPP Brian Saunderson, Greg Taylor
Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson with Town of Collingwood CAO Sonya Skinner
Town of Collingwood Mayor Yvonne Hamlin
Downtown Collingwood BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson

Flag Raising Ceremony

The 2023 Collingwood Pride Festival held a flag raising ceremony on Friday afternoon in front of the Collingwood Library to officially kick off this summer’s party. MC Michelle Kemper and Andrew Siegwart from the festival’s organizing committee welcomed everyone before raising the flag.

“Founded in 2017, The Rainbow Club is a grassroots community-based organization serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer or questioning individuals and all collective friends, families and allies (LGBTQ+) across the South Georgian Bay Region. Our mandate is “Connecting our Community”, we do so through social events, fundraising, educational programming, and much more.”

The Pride Collingwood party is underway.

MC and Festival Vice-Chair Michelle Kemper spoke to the large crowd that had gathered for the flag raising
One of the festival organizers Andrew Siegwart spoke during the flag raising ceremony
Dr. John Miller – The Rainbow Club, an organization focused on serving the community across the South Georgian Bay Region including Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township
… and then the party was underway