Portage la Prairie's Pride fundraising event, organized by the Portage Pride Committee, was a resounding success this year.

A committee member, Stefanie Dunn, shared her excitement and reflections on the event.

"We were super pleased with the turnout," Dunn said. "We had at least a third more people than last year. It's amazing progress, showing that our word is getting out there. People are trusting us to demonstrate inclusivity and educate and open minds in our community."

The event at the Glesby Centre featured various drag performances, including the committee's first-ever drag king. "The feeling is indescribable," Dunn shares. "It's about allowing every individual to feel perfectly safe, showing up as who they are. There's so much love and relief in that room. It's a safe space for everyone."

Dunn highlighted the community's enthusiasm and support. She mentioned they had their first drag king this year, which excited the crowd. She says the feedback was great, and people are already excited about next year.

"We're always ambitious to continue. The plans are to keep the event growing and celebrate pride throughout the month. Pride is far from over, and we're excited for what's to come."

Dunn also noted her favourite moment of the night.

"My favourite part is when all the performers and committee members are on stage, seeing positive faces in the audience supporting us. It reminds us why we do this for anyone who's ever felt they don't belong."