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Kamloops shows its pride

Even though it was sunny, the Kamloops was filled with rainbows Sunday.

Hundreds of participants and onlookers filled the city's core for the Kamloops Pride Parade.

Stuart Wood's field was filled as well, as ground zero for a festival with music, food and more.

Sam Numsen, president of Kamloops Pride, says the parade went off without any major hitches.

"The turnout has been amazing," he said. "We haven't calculated all the numbers, but it looks like we've got easily more than last year."

"The weather is beautiful, we have no complaints. It's a perfect day."

The first Pride Parade, in 2017, was a smoky affair, due to wildfires in the area. Last year, clouds brought a little rain.

Numsen and Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Chief Roseanne Casimir addressed the parade as they got going. Both had positive messages, mixed with a reminder that LGBTQ2S+ rights and safety are not a given all the time.

"Throughout my life, I have seen bullying, the exclusion and taunting of anyone who is perceived as different," Casimr told the crowd. "Today is much better than yesteryears, as people are more accepting, inclusive and most of all accepting of each other's identity."

"We can (also) attest it is still not perfect."



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