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Inclusivity the message for Pride 2022 celebrations in Port Coquitlam

Leigh Square is set to host live music, crafts and food vendors on July 23 in acknowledging LGBT2SQ+ and IBPOC communities.

Port Coquitlam is set to recognize its diversity while acknowledging the need to continue being as inclusive as it can be.

The city is hosting its 2022 edition of Pride in PoCo next weekend to celebrate the LGBT2SQ+ and IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, people of colour) communities, and will offer something for everybody in Leigh Square.

Live music from local performers, arts and crafts and food vendors will be part of the three-hour outdoor event.

In a release, the city states Pride activities are part of Port Coquitlam's efforts to continue to a welcoming place in the Tri-Cities for gender-diverse people and under-served communities.

"As part of this work, the city launched its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Roundtable two years ago to help address issues of racism and discrimination.

"One of the top priorities identified by Roundtable members is to engage community members in celebrating Indigenous, Black, people of colour and LGBT2SQ+ communities, and to foster engagement with people of diverse experiences and identities."

Several organizations will be on hand with community displays as well, the city explains.

This includes:

  • Community Police
  • Downtown PoCo BIA (Business Improvement Association)
  • Family Smart
  • PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives
  • PoCo Lions Club
  • Terry Fox Library

Pride in PoCo is scheduled for next Saturday, July 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Leigh Square (2253 Leigh Sq.).

City hall is also set to be lit up in rainbow colours that same night in recognizing the LGBTSQ+ community.

For more information, you can visit the Pride page on Port Coquitlam's side.