Pride March Attracts Record Crowd In Pembroke

A record turnout on Sunday for Pembroke’s fifth Pride March.

The march, designed to show the area is welcoming, inclusive and safe for all, drew nearly 200 people of all age,s who walked from Algonquin College’s waterfront campus and around the downtown core.  

Organizers noted that it was also a demonstration to standup for the rights of LGBTQ people who have often been marginalized in rural communities. 

One speaker told the crowd that when anyone asks why there's a Pride March, they're proving there are still strides to be made in equality, acceptance and understanding.

The march is part of a week long pride festival in Pembroke which continues until June 15.

On Monday morning, officials at the Renfrew County and District School Board were the latest to raise the Pride Flag.

The flag went up on a flagpole in front of their board headaquarters in Pembroke, to show the board's schools and adminstration are safe and welcoming places for all people regardless of their sexual orientation.