Queen City Pride parade: what you need to know

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June 17, 2017 - 6:34am
The Queen City Pride parade is taking place on June 17, 2017.
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The Queen City Pride parade is taking place on June 17, 2017.

“I don't know if we can officially say this is the most colourful parade the city sees but I'm pretty sure it makes a big impact there.”

That's one of the ways Queen City Pride's Dan Shier described the pride parade taking place Saturday.

The event will feature floats and banners supporting and showcasing the LGBTQ community in Regina.

Shier said he has seen the event gain more steam in the community since he joined Queen City Pride five years ago.

“It's gone from very much a community-only event to including a lot of our allies and a lot of our partners in the community and a larger crowd of public and people coming out to support us.”

He said the last float will be the Queen City Pride one, and he encouraged people to join in and march with them to Victoria Park.

The parade is set to begin at noon.

Parade “quiet zone”

A parade PSA was put out on the Queen City Pride Facebook page which indicated a “Quiet Zone” on the parade route.

During the parade, a funeral will be taking place at Speers Funeral and Cremation Services.

The parade is asking all parade participants to turn off their music and refrain from noise by the funeral home.

Road closures

As with any major parade, drivers will need to find a way around road closures during the event.

The city said 13th Avenue from Broad Street to Scarth Street and Scarth to Victoria Avenue will be closed down beginning at 9 a.m. until about 1 p.m.

Police will have temporary traffic detours set up.

•         The detours will be located at:

•         Eastbound on Victoria Avenue from Scarth Street to Broad Street

•         Southbound on Broad Street from Victoria Avenue to College Avenue

•         Westbound on College Avenue from Broad Street to Albert Street

•         Northbound on Albert from College Avenue to Victoria Avenue

•         Victoria Avenue from Albert Street to Lorne Street

The city's Norman Kyle said the area around Victoria Park is expected to be busy following the parade.

Weather

The weather is expected to be wet for the parade.

Environment Canada forecasted showers for Saturday with a risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Winds are expected to gust between 20 and 40 kilometres an hour.