FIRST-EVER PRIDE PARADE CELEBRATED ON CAMPUS

By Emma Joyal & Marina Levit, Grade 12

On May 23, 2019, Balmoral Hall School held our first-ever Pride Parade! This event, which was organized by Rainbow Club, celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ* identities and the freedoms the community currently holds. On this day, we honoured the accomplishments and progress the LGBTQ* community has made, as well as recognized what still needs to be done to achieve true equality.

Just as Middle & Senior School students and staff were dressed in fun rainbow colours, the atrium was also decorated for the occasion. The celebration began with a powerful performance by three Grade 12 students, followed by the parade where each advisory and homeroom walked through the atrium with posters that symbolized the meaning of the colours on the rainbow flag. After the parade, the posters were hung in the atrium to display the wonderful work and spirit of each advisory and homeroom.
 
It was great to witness the enthusiasm from students and staff throughout the day and the high energy of everyone who participated in the parade! We had hoped that this day would help bring a sense of belonging and acceptance to campus, and the impact exceeded our expectations. Based on the success of our inaugural Pride parade, we hope that Balmoral Hall will continue to make Pride an annual celebration!

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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.