Irshadgul News report,
Yellowknife Pride is in full swing this week and organizers are facing capacity limits as people flock to their events to celebrate and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Thursday night’s Trivia & Queroc at Top Night’s Pub had to divert a long line of people after it reached a capacity of about 200 people.
The Yellowknife Pride Planning Committee said in a Facebook post Thursday that signups for its fourth annual Rainbow Run were already 50 percent full. Rainbow Run organizer Amanda St. Denis said she expects the remaining places to be filled soon.
And tickets for Saturday’s “It’s a Drag Bingo Night” and “Over the Rainbow Pride Party” sold out at the beginning of the week.
According to Chelsea Thacker, executive director of the Northern Mosaic Network, the planning committee, which is organized by the Northern Mosaic Network, did not expect tickets to sell out quickly.
“It’s amazing that it went away so quickly. I’m just as excited that the community is as excited about what we’ve planned,” Thakar said.
‘Living in the community’
Yellowknife Pride announced a ticket raffle for the Pride Party on Thursday night, in response to high demand for the event. These tickets are listed as “standing room only” because the seats at Raven’s Pub were already filled.
Yellowknife Pride faced a three-year hiatus during the pandemic, and is the first fully individual celebration since 2019. Thakar said he feels this is a major contributing factor to the unexpected turnout.
“I think people are really yearning to be in the community. So it’s really important for them to be able to come to the events and reach out to them,” Thakar said. “And we tried to make the events as accessible as possible so that we can see more people connecting to the festival than ever before.”
Yellowknife also has an above average 2SLGBTQ+ presence compared to other cities in the country. data from 2016 census showed that two percent of all female couples in Yellowknife are in same-sex relationships, more than twice the Canadian average and the highest of all Canadian cities.
Frustrated arrogants make alternate plans
Due to the high demand for Yellowknife Pride events, many people belonging to the 2SLGBTQ+ community are missing out on the festivities.
Bridget Rusk and her friends are among them.
Rusk said, “I think it’s amazing that the committee has received such a warm welcome and success after COVID and really not having this style of pride last year…
Rusk was able to participate in the trivia and cuiroc on Thursday night, but barely.
“We barely came in,” Rusk said. “There was a huge line behind us and then we were the last tables to sit. If we were there and there were no tables, I would have been sad.”
Rusk is also missing in Saturday’s celebration.
Tickets for Bingo Night & Pride Party were being sold last weekend at Old Town Ramble & Ride, as well as at Juniper Health Clinic during business hours.
Rusk says she was out of town for the long weekend and that by the time she messaged Yellowknife Pride on Instagram on Monday evening, tickets were already sold out. She quickly realized that she was not the only one who was missed.
“We were at a barbecue and then all of our friends there realized that the demographic they were in didn’t manage to get tickets,” Rusk said. “Then we thought we still wanted to celebrate Pride so I guess we’ll do it our way.”
Rusk and about 20 others put together a Facebook group to plan an informal alternative Pride celebration. They are planning a western-themed pub night.
“We’re inspired by the fact that it’s Pride Week in the city so we’re expanding this to celebrate it with our friend groups,” Rusk said.