2015: Flag raising in Aurora
On June 10th at 3.30pm, we will commence our Pride Week celebrations by raising the Rainbow Flag at an official Pride flag-raising ceremony at Aurora Town Hall.
Join Mayor Geoff Dawe, Councillors of the Town of Aurora, York Pride Fest and PFLAG York Region, as we celebrate the launch of York Region's 16th Pride Week Festival with the Town of Aurora's official flag-raising ceremony.
All are welcome to attend.
The Rainbow Flag was first flown in York Region by the Town of Newmarket in 2002, but then followed years without any sign of the flag in any municipality.
As evidence of York Region's transformation into one of Canada's most diverse and inclusive regions, 2009 saw a dramatic change when the City of Vaughan and Towns of Markham and Newmarket agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag during our Pride Week. The Towns of Georgina and Aurora joined this new tradition in 2010 when, for the first time, the flag was also raised at every Seneca college campus in the region. In 2013, the Town of East Gwillimbury also flew the flag throughout Pride Week.
Since 2011 the Town of Richmond Hill has not only agreed to fly the flag, but has also hosted an official flag-raising ceremony, as has the City of Markham since 2013 and the Towns of Aurora and Georgina since 2015. Last year also marked the first occasion on which a flag-raising ceremony was hosted by York Regional Police. This year we are honoured that official rainbow flag-raising ceremonies are to be hosted not only by each of these municipalities but also by the City of Vaughan.
This event is an official
Stand Proud York Region
initiative, brought to you by PFLAG Canada York Region, an affiliate member of York Pride Fest.
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