Our Proud History

Est. 2011
The Lethbridge Pride Fest Society became an incorporated society in Alberta in 2011. Taking over the work of GALA/LA (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Lethbridge and Area) Lethbridge Pride Fest Society has a proud history of celebrating and to promoting equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual community. The first Lethbridge Pride Festival was held in 2007 and consisted of a bbq on the outskirts of Lethbridge and a dance roughly 20 minutes outside of city limits. Lethbridge's first pride was organized by a handful of individuals who had a dream that Lethbridge Pride Fest would grow and rival major centre's like Edmonton or Calgary. 2016's Pride Festival saw over 8,000 people attend the various events ranging from a parade, two different dances, family activities, drag shows, author readings and more!

Our Mission

To organize and provide an annual LGBTTQQIA pride festival to citizens of Southern Alberta. To organize and promote events and/or gathering when deemed necessary that upholds the mission of the Society. To promote LGBTTQQIA pride throughout Southern Alberta through the pride festival. To promote equality of LGBTTQQIA members of Southern Alberta communities through the pride festival.

Our Board & Staff

Members of our Community, Behind the Scenes of Pride Fest!
Devon Hargreaves

Devon Hargreaves

Chair

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Corbin Chenger

Corbin Chenger

Vice-Chair

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Derrick Antson

Derrick Antson

Treasurer

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Graham Black

Graham Black

Secretary

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David McFalls

David McFalls

Coordinator of Parades

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James Walshe

James Walshe

Coordinator of Entertainment

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Erik Mikkelsen

Erik Mikkelsen

Coordinator of Adult Dances

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Linda McFalls

Linda McFalls

Sponsor Coordinator

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Mandy Marcinek

Mandy Marcinek

Coordinator of Promotion

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Adam Saley

Adam Saley

Coordinator of Flag Raising / Pride Awards

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Matt Story

Matt Story

Coordinator of Youth Activities

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Marshall Vielle

Marshall Vielle

Member-at-Large

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Levi Cox

Levi Cox

Past-Chair

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Dave Mabell

Dave Mabell

Lifetime Member

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Bylaws & Policies

Lethbridge Pride Fest Bylaws

The Society's Bylaws can be viewed HERE:

Lethbridge Pride Fest Society's Response to Calls for a Responsible Pride

Lethbridge Pride Fest Society took the issues that arose after the 2016 celebrations seriously. As soon as Black Lives Matter-Toronto held their protest in Toronto, Pride Fest took it upon ourselves to address the concerns while balancing our local opinions and climate.

BLM-Toronto released nine points of action, two of which were not relevant to the Lethbridge community, and ve that had already been accomplished in Lethbridge prior to the points being raised on July 6, 2016. Points 7 and 8 needed to be addressed in our community.
Point 7 called for ASL interpreters. In response, interpreters have been hired for our two largest events. Please visit page 19 for more information regarding the ASL interpreters.
Point 8 addressed police participation. The one-year process sought input from organizations that represent the LGBTQ+ community, organizations whose mandate relate to race and cultural groups, and other Pride organizations in major cities. The feedback identi ed two themes that needed to be considered: operation and logistics of the festival, and respect and celebration of LGBTQ+ identity. Relating to these aspects Lethbridge Pride Fest Society made the decision that police participation would be allowed, creating an agreement with the Lethbridge Police Service on what responsible police participation in Pride will entail.

To view the agreement please refer to the joint statement from Lethbridge Pride Fest Society and Lethbridge Police Service posted here.