This summer, Garden Square will be home to Pride in The Square on July 8, a family-friendly LGBTQ event.

This marks the 15th anniversary of Peel Pride, which is co-hosting the event with the City of Brampton.

Brampton is no stranger to Pride events, though they’ve been organized by Brampton-based community organizations such as Peel Pride and the Peel HIV/AIDS Network. Events in the past have included Pride flag raisings at Brampton City Hall, as well as picnics in Gage Park and Heart Lake Conservation Area.

Regional councilor Elaine Moore (Wards 1 &5) has been a strong supporter and advocate of the LGBTQ community. She tells Bramptonist:

“My husband and I are proud parents of a lesbian daughter, her wife and family, so it means a lot to us that over ten years ago, Brampton was the first municipality in Peel to do an annual flag raising in Ken Whillans Square.

Talking about diversity simply isn’t good enough – we have an individual and collective responsibility as community leaders to walk the talk and to be very clear that diversity means more than the colour of our skin; our country of origin, or where we worship. It means authentically embracing the entire spectrum of diversity.

For our city to host a pride event sends an uncompromising message and is a demonstration that all those who call Brampton home or come to visit or invest, deserve and are entitled to feel safe and valued in our City.”

The city is looking for community fair participants, performers and entertainers, and for digital artists to display their work on the giant LED screen in Garden Square on a Pride-based theme.

There aren’t many details yet, other than the event will be more geared towards families and will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sunday after the Canada Day weekend (two weekends after Toronto’s Pride festivities).

Find out more here.