Following the launch of a planning committee in 2010, the first event was done in 2011. For the first two years it consisted solely of a community festival, with a parade added to the event calendar for the first time in 2013. It was only the second pride festival ever launched in the Northern Ontario region, following Sudbury Pride in 1997.
The organizing committee of Thunder Pride is made up of a wide spectrum of Thunder Bay residents including educators, entrepreneurs, union leaders, ministers, artists and film makers, community service workers and others from all walks of life. We come come together to support friends, family, colleagues and neighbors within our city and region.
As we progress into this year of planning, we are incorporated and continue to be excited at the number of people who are asking how they can get involved – each one of them eager to help to move this community forward.