FORT FRANCES & Rainy River District

Passport to Pride March

The spirit of Pride knows no bounds! Take part in the only Pride march in the world that crosses an international boundary.

The schedule is as follows (all times approximate):

10:00 AM: Volunteers will be on hand at the Smokey Bear Statue to distribute Pride swag and promotional items. Marching participants will be eligible to receive prizes in numerous categories.

10:30 AM: Remarks and greetings from U.S. dignitaries and special guests.

10:45 AM: March begins, led by the flag and Borderland Pride marching banner down 3rd Street.

11:00 AM: Arrival and screening at Canada Customs facility. Marchers will gather at the Fort Frances Tourism Information Centre until the entire party has cleared customs. Volunteers will be on hand at the Tourism Information Centre to distribute free bottled water.

11:15 AM: Marchers clear customs and proceed east on Church Street, then north on Mowat Avenue, then west on Scott Street to the Rainy Lake Square.

11:30 AM: Official Protocols Observed. See the Main Stage Event for more information.

Here's a map of our march route: https://goo.gl/maps/qou5RAiXauePyHN89

Other important information:

• This is a pedestrian march using sidewalks. No motor vehicles will be allowed. We encourage strollers, wagons, and bicycles (though you will need to walk your bike over the bridge on the pedestrian path).

• Be sure to check out the Pride Mart at Curvy Chick to purchase Borderland Pride T-shirts and other colo(u)rful swag for the occasion! We'll have prizes for participants: including for the oldest, youngest, largest family contingent, and most rainbow-y marchers.

• This event will proceed RAIN OR SHINE. Standard identification will be required for entry into Canada. Participants are encouraged to contact the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to determine their admissibility.

• We encourage Canadian participants to park at the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre and walk or taxi across to Smokey Bear Park before the event starts. This will avoid any difficulties with bridge lines.

• Unsure about your admissibility to Canada? Call the local CBSA detachment at 807-274-3655.

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This event is offered as part of Pride Week+, Borderland Pride's 2019 Pride festival. It is open to ALL members of the community. Questions can be directed to borderlandpride@gmail.com.

The full roster of Pride events is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/2321464711467604/ and www.borderlandpride.org/events.

Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: 
Smokey Bear Park, International Falls