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Halifax Pride community takes to their skates

Halifax Pride hosted its first event to mark the half-way point between summer Pride festivals

With Lady Gaga's hit song "Born This Way," playing through the loudspeakers, skaters paraded around the Oval with a huge rainbow banner.
With Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way,” playing through the loudspeakers, skaters paraded around the Oval with a huge rainbow banner.   Lisa Takagi

Rainbows surrounded the Emera Oval for two hours on Saturday evening.

Halifax Pride hosted Queers on Ice on Jan. 23 to mark the halfway point to the next Halifax Pride Festival this summer. Organizers asked skaters to bring unique costumes. However, at the Oval many people in normal parkas and jackets also enjoyed skating, holding rainbow banners.

Patricia Coneau, whose son is gay, said she enjoyed spending time with the community not just by talking, but by having fun together in the open air.

“Positive attention”

Hugh Samson, community liaison officer with Halifax Pride, said it was “totally by chance” that the event happened at the same time as the city hosted the Canadian National Skating Championships.

“We’re happy about having the event in the same weekend. It brought positive attention to the event,” he said.

Samson aims to remind Haligonians about LGBTQ issues throughout the year.

“We’ll definitely do another skate event next year, as long as the city and the Oval are happy to have us there,” he said.