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RDQCA's Second Annual Car Parade Kicks off Pride Month!

The Red Deer Queer Community Association's second annual Car Pride Parade went off without a hitch this past Saturday. We had approximately 30 cars in our parade with attendees coming in from as far as Hanna and Edmonton to participate.

We'd like to extend big thank-yous to the Penhold Fire Department for their participation, as well as the Comité FrancoQueer l'Ouest, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre for coming out and joining us! Y'all helped to make our event that much more special and we loved being able to share it with you!

We would also like to especially thank Constable Mike Evans with the RCMP for his continued support of our pride events and his hustle to make sure our parade went smoothly and safely.

The route followed down Gaetz from Parkland Mall until 32nd, then turned into Red Deer College to recollect everyone before going back up Gaetz until 43rd Street, which we followed around to drive past the Farmer's Market and then proceed up through downtown. We got onto Ross and took that up to Taylor, which we then followed back up to Parkland where everyone finished up the parade with raucous honking and cheering.

We are so pleased with the turnout this year, and with how the weather held up throughout the parade's duration. Thank you to everyone who came to participate and to show their support. We wouldn't have been able to do any of this without you, and with your help, next year will be even better!

Thank you, too, to Sean McIntosh from the Red Deer Advocate for writing an awesome article about our event (and getting a decent quote from me)!

“With everything that’s been going on lately, in the schools especially, it’s really important to show that we’re not going anywhere,” said Alex Pugatschew, association vice-chairperson.
“We want to show the young people here that there are adults to support them. We definitely want to show we’re here and we’re loudly proclaiming that we’re here no matter what – no matter the weather, no matter what school boards say, no matter what the government says.”

You can check out the article the Advocate wrote about our Car Parade here

Our other Pride events are in full swing! Our Online Pride Silent Auction went live at 12pm Saturday -- The same day as the Parade -- and will be running until June 30th at 12pm. Head over to GalaBids to check out the seriously amazing lots we have up for auction, courtesy of several local Red Deer businesses!

Our Cake Decorating Contest is running now until June 12th -- Make the Queerest cake you can and enter to win one of three fantastic prizes by using the hashtag #CakeYourPride on your socials! We have an Awesome Queers Among Us Stream set up on our Twitch Channel for June 12th at 6pm MST -- Join our streamers as they try to get their tasks done before they get ganked by the Imposters!

June 17th and 18th features our Queer Deer Cabaret Shows, courtesy of Cabaret Calgary and hosted online! The Drag Show is on the 17th at 7:30pm and the Burlesque Show is on the 18th at 8:00pm. The Cabaret will feature 22 incredible Albertan performers and tickets are $10 each or $16 for both nights -- You'd be crazy not to go over to ShowPass and grab your tickets.

June 20th is our only other in-person event! Our Scavenger Hunt begins at 9am -- Check in with your team at Rotary Park here in Red Deer to receive your bingo sheet and Wristband. **You must have a wristband on for the duration of the Scavenger Hunt to qualify for a prizes**

The first team to return back at Rotary Park at 6pm with a completed bingo sheet wins the 1st of 3 prize packs!

Finally, we are very proud to announce that queer indie-rock band Partner will be performing on June 23rd for us in an online show that is sure to rock! Admission is free!

Check out our events on our Facebook Page or our Website for more information!