Although B.C. Premier Christy Clark did not march in the 2016 Vancouver Pride parade, she will be marching in the Okanagan Pride march on Saturday (August 13).
This will be the first time Clark will march in the parade, which starts at Stuart Park at 11 a.m. and travels to City Park in Kelowna.
The Okanagan Pride Society's news release stated that Clark will not speak at the event and she has not confirmed if she will attend the festival after the march.
Last year, the B.C. Liberals were prevented from entering the Vancouver Pride parade as they would not sign the Trans Equality Now pledge. All parade participants were required to sign the pledge to support provincial and federal legislation to protect the rights of trans and gender-variant people.
This year, the B.C. government announced on July 20 that they were introducing legislation to amend the B.C. Human Rights Code to include trans people.
Clark has also been absent from other Vancouver Pride parades, such as in 2011.
Meanwhile, the grand marshal for the march will be Kelowna–Lake Country MP Stephen Furh, who switched from being a Conservative to a Liberal after he disagreed with the Harper government.
The Okanagan Pride Festival kicked off on August 6 and continues with events throughout the week until Saturday (August 13). Among the events is a Trans Pride March on Tuesday (August 9).
For full details, visit the Okanagan Pride website.