Kingston Satisfaction celebrated the thirty second annual Satisfaction parade on Sunday and was met with nice climate for the event.
“The solar is shining on Satisfaction, because it all the time does. It shone on the parade and it’s been unbelievable,” says Pageant Director Ted Robinson.
The theme for this 12 months’s Satisfaction parade was “Collectively Once more.” That’s as a result of it’s been over two years for the reason that festivities have been held in-person.
“There’s numerous folks for whom COVID-19 has been a particularly tough time with isolation, ,” says Robinson. “We as a group depend on one another tremendously. So having the ability to be right here and share what’s been taking place for every of us within the final 18 months is unbelievable.”
Whereas Satisfaction is historically celebrated in June, organizers moved the pageant to September in hopes of bringing folks collectively safely.
The occasions at Confederation Park required all attendees to point out proof of full vaccination standing and security protocols have been in place.
“Persons are grateful to be right here, they’re grateful to be out and about, they’re grateful that we’ve put the entire security protocols in place that we have to,” says Robinson.
Kingston Satisfaction Chair Ian Burns says Kingston has proven nice help for the Queer group.
“Folks actually look to Satisfaction as that image of group,” says Burns. “And with out that visibility, it’s a lot more durable to seek out the folks that you simply wish to be with.”
For some Satisfaction-goers, this 12 months marks their first time on the parade.
“I’m very excited to be right here,” says Trevor Shyack. “I simply got here out so it’s like so superior to be so supported and be in such an incredible metropolis with such supportive folks.”
The 2021 Kingston Satisfaction pageant marks Shyack’s first parade, and so they say they’ve felt welcomed by the Kingston LGBTQ2S+ group.
“You’re capable of specific your self and also you’re capable of really feel such as you’re a part of one thing larger, which is actually necessary,” says Shyack. “And it’s having that sense of group and having that sense of belonging in one thing larger. And that’s actually cool.”
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For others, the occasion brings them power.
“Me being a part of the LGBTQ group, I really feel welcome and I really feel like very welcome into all the pieces proper now and I simply really feel extra empowered,” says Addison Russell.
Sunday’s Satisfaction parade and festivities mark the tip of over per week of celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ group.
Kingston Satisfaction says it should have extra group occasions within the coming months to maintain Kingstonians concerned.
“Should you don’t know in regards to the Queer group, check out it, ensure you perform a little research,” says Burns. “And likewise simply discuss to folks. We’re all folks, and we’re all right here and all of us love.”
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