Pride festival underway in Saskatoon

Watch above: The 2015 Saskatoon pride festival is underway, culminating Saturday with the pride parade. Krystal Niecker and Aviva Zack look at other events taking place during the week.

SASKATOON – Pride week is officially underway in Saskatoon with a rainbow flag now flying at city hall. The flag was raised at a ceremony Monday afternoon marking the 23rd anniversary of the festival.

Numerous officials were on hand in civic plaza including Saskatchewan Party MLA Rob Norris and city Coun. Mairin Loewen.

“This is our home, we choose to make this place our home and we’re proud of our home, you know we are Saskatoon pride and it’s not just because we’re celebrating gay pride,” said Danny Papadatos, president of the Saskatoon pride festival.

“The nice thing is that Saskatchewan has been on the fore steps of the human rights movement, for LGBTQ rights in Canada and I think we should continue that momentum.”

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The ceremony kicks off a week of activities like a parade on Saturday afternoon.

“Last year, we were officially the largest parade in Saskatoon with 22 registered floats,” said Papadatos.

“This year, we’re over about 44 already, so we have doubled the size and we’re so excited for what Saskatoon’s about to see this week.”

The festival also includes an art exhibit Monday night at Francis Morrison Library and a movie screening Tuesday at the Roxy Theatre.

Regina’s Pride Week starts Sunday.

Joel Senick contributed to this story