Third annual Minden Pride next week
By Chad Ingram
Published Aug. 16, 2018
For the third consecutive year, Minden will be draped in rainbows for a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness during Minden Pride next week.
The inaugural event took place in the summer of 2016 with a Pride Picnic and last year, blossomed to include a week of festivities.
That will be the case again this year, events kicking off with a raising of the rainbow flag outside the Minden Hills township office at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.
“Last year, we had about 80 people and I would like to have 180 this year,” says Sinclair Russell, a founder and organizer of the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colours to show their support
A reception at Up River Trading Co. will follow the flag-raising ceremony.
On Tuesday, Aug. 21 a film night will take place at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre commencing at 7 p.m. and will include a screening of the award-winning film Were The World Mine.
On Wednesday, Aug. 22 the chair's reception meet and greet event will be happening at Boshkung Social on Water Street, starting at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 25 a tea dance will take place at Grill on the Gull from 4 to 8 p.m.
Festivities will wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 26 with a Loud & Proud church service at St. Paul's Anglican Church at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Minden Pride Street Fest along Water Street from 1 to 4 p.m. The street fest will include food, entertainment, games and prizes.
“The whole town council has been quite supportive, and so has most of the town,” says Russell, who muses that in the future, he would like to see the festivities expand to include a parade.
“I would like to do it on the water,” he says, in reference to the Gull River, which flows through Minden's downtown.