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SUBURBAN LEGEND

SUBURBAN LEGEND

It’s Surrey Pride this Sunday!

This Sunday, hundreds in Surrey will take to the streets (well, sidewalks) for the second annual Surrey LGBTQ Pride March culminating at Holland Park for the Surrey Pride Festival.

The event, which is helping to change perceptions of the Canada’s fastest-growing city from a homophobic hotbed to a safer gay space, was launched by none other than Shawn Ewing – a true trailblazer.

The former Vancouver Pride Society President moved from the West End to Surrey a few years ago to live in suburban bliss with her partner, Karen. Prepared for a bumpy transition, the couple instead found a welcoming community on their quiet cul de sac. With the support of her neighbours and a handful of dedicated volunteers, Shawn decided to add a parade to the region’s existing Pride celebrations.

It wasn’t easy – Surrey City Hall’s long-time refusal to fly a rainbow flag only shifted after last year’s Orlando massacre.

But it looks like Shawn and her Surrey Pride Board have reached a positive turning point.

The gathering begins at 10am at Surrey City Hall Plaza with the march along the East sidewalk of University Drive beginning at 11am and the festival kicking off at 11:30am.

Who says the suburbs are sleepy?

SURREY LGBTQ PRIDE MARCH and FESTIVAL
Sunday at Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Ave.), 10am.
March along University Drive, 11am.
Festival: Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Rd.), 11:30am.