UFCW Local 401 Participates in 2013 Calgary Pride Parade


On September 1, 2013, UFCW Local 401 participated in what was the largest Calgary Pride Parade to date. Float entrants in the Parade rose to 80 from approximately 60 in 2012. And while final numbers are not yet confirmed, initial reports indicate that the event drew even more Calgarians than last year’s 30,000 attendees.

Participating for the seventh year in a row, more than 40 UFCW Local 401 activists came out to express their support for Calgary’s LGBTQ* community and voice the Local’s support for universal human rights.

“It’s great to see just how big the Calgary Pride Parade has gotten,” said UFCW Local 401 Secretary Treasurer Theresa McLaren. “UFCW Local 401 has long believed that sexual orientation is a human right that must be protected both inside and outside of the workplace. We’re proud to stand with our LGBTQ* brothers and sisters today and every day!”

The UFCW Local 401 float featured a live DJ playing various popular songs as union activists engaged attendees. It didn’t take long before the entire Parade route was lined with UFCW Local 401 flags that activists were handing out.

To see more pictures of UFCW Local 401’s participation in the 2013 Calgary Pride Parade, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ufcw401