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PHOTOS: Streets of Chilliwack packed as community celebrates being proud together at pride festival

Chilliwack Pride Festival about ‘freedom to love and to be loved,’ says organizer Teri Westerby

Chilliwack was bursting with acceptance and colour as people packed the city’s downtown streets for the Chilliwack Pride Festival on Sunday.

The annual event celebrating the LGBTQ community runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wellington Street, Mill Street and Victoria Avenue on Aug. 21.

“Pride is about standing together to face the hate and negativity our community experiences around the world,” said Teri Westerby, president and co-founder of the Chilliwack Pride Society which hosted the event.

“Pride is about challenging the hate. After all, the first pride was a riot and we cannot forget our past. But pride is also about liberation and equality. The freedom to love and to be loved. And about celebrating that love.”

This year’s celebrations included live performances by local drag queens, live music, a market, food trucks, activities, kid-friendly games and prizes for all ages.

The 2022 theme was ‘Bee proud together.’

READ MORE: Community invited to ‘bee proud together’ at Chilliwack Pride Festival


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Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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