Sherbrooke Pride Festival coming this Saturday

By: 
Gordon Lambie
Staff Writer

In 2013, a small group of student organizations banded together to start Sherbrooke’s first sexual diversity festival at Jacques Cartier Park. Named “Fière la Fête,” a play on the French “faire la fête,” meaning to have a party, and fière, the French word for “proud,” the festival drew a crowd of 300 that year and was able to build on that success for a turnout of 500 in 2014. The third edition is set to take place at Sherbrooke’s Marché de la Gare this coming weekend, with organizers hoping that as many, if not more, people to turn up.

Marie-Pier Boisvert, who is coordinating the event this year, shared that due to cutbacks in the budgets of the student organizations that plan “Fière la Fête,” the event is going to be a little bit more low-key this year than in years past.

“We want the event to be a showcase for all the organizations and groups that offer services to the community,” Boisvert said, putting an emphasis on visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) groups in the region. “We’re still going to party, though.”

Read the full article in Wednesday's Record.

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