Community Togetherness at Pride in the Park
By: Joe Stabb
The community converged together to celebrate diversity at the 3rd Annual Pride in the Park Festival hosted by Pride Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, on June 7, 2014.
More than 2,000 people from the Niagara Region of Ontario were expected this year. According to Enzo De Divitiis, Pride Niagara Chair, “we have two times the entertainment and two times the vendors this year.” There are 45 new vendors this year. They have also increased to 10 band performances all to be headlined by Shangela, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, in the evening.
Sean Ban Beaton, lead singer of Fitness, was very excited to bring his band from Toronto to perform at Pride in the Park. Originally from Welland, he was happy to support his home community and share their love of music and fitness with the crowd.
This is the only pride festival in the Niagara Region of Ontario which encompasses Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Welland. It takes five volunteer board members and fifteen day-of volunteers to make the event a success. This is in addition to the many sponsors that help to underwrite the costs.
For more information about Pride Niagara and future events, visit www.prideniagara.com.
Shangela – http://www.shangela.com
Fitness - https://www.facebook.com/fitnessdisco
Tourism Niagara - http://www.tourismniagara.com/