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The Edmonton Pride Festival announced Wednesday this year’s celebration has been cancelled.
In an email to stakeholders obtained by CTV News, the society said, “In light of the current political and social environment, it has been determined that any attempt to host a Festival will not be successful.”
The parade has also been cancelled.
Ward 4 Councillor Aaron Paquette said he reached out to the city manager in an attempt to save the festival.
One of the owners of Evolution Wonderlounge said his bar will still pride events in June.
“I’ve seen parades get cancelled before with about this much notice … so I’m fully confident in the community,” Rob Browatzke said. “We are a resilient bunch of people and we will find a way to make something so wonderful happen in June.”
Shades of Colour criticized Edmonton Pride for cancelling the festival.
“We are calling this decision for what it is: namely, a disavowal of deep systematic problems in the framework of EPFS as well as an attempt to dismiss, target, and put out of play the efforts put on the part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in the LGBTQ2S+ to point towards alternatives on how this organization carries out its activities.”
Over the weekend, the Pride Centre of Edmonton faced backlash after it fired an employee, receiving allegations of a racist and homophobic culture.
The centre held a meeting to address the concerns and received a set of demands groups in attendance.
Edmonton Pride said it would release more information about why the event was cancelled via social media “over the next week.”
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