Events in the works to replace Pride festival, as controversy divides Edmonton’s LGBTQ community

EDMONTON—After a leaked email Wednesday showed the Edmonton Pride Festival had been abruptly canceled this year, a flurry of rallies, parties, and at least one vigil have cropped up online, as people work to fill the void left by the long-running annual festival that drew crowds in the tens of thousands to the Whyte Ave. area every summer.

But the events reflect the divide in the community that led to the festival’s cancellation, pitting those who say Pride is a protest that needs to do more to push for the rights of marginalized groups versus those who see it as a celebration first.

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