Edmonton 2019 Pride Festival Canceled

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Edmonton Pride Festival

Less two months before the 10-day festival was set to occur, the Edmonton Pride Festival Festival Society Board of Directors voted to cancel the event.

“In light of the current political and social environment, it has been resolved that any endeavor to have a festival will not be successful,” reads the email from the board of directors.

“Please keep in mind that we are a not-for-profit organization run almost solely by volunteers.”

Members from the board have not reacted to a solicitation for input from CBC News.

The Edmonton Pride Festival was set to kick off June 7 with a Wine Up To Pride occasion at Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park. The Pride Parade was booked for June 8 on Whyte Avenue.

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“It has dependably been the objective of the Edmonton Pride Festival Society to host a safe and enjoyable event that is as reflective and encompassing of the entire community as possible; however, given current events, we do not feel that this is attainable for this year,” the email from the society said.

According to the email, other Pride events put on by LGBTQ organizations will still take place in June.

Protesters stopped a year ago’s Pride parade to demand organizers uninvite all Edmonton police, RCMP and military personnel from the parade, amid a Canada-wide debate over the presence of police in Pride parades.

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