The Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Attends (007)th Jasper Pride Festival

Jasper Welcomes Alberta’s First Openly Gay Minister to Celebrate “From Jasper With Love”

Jasper, Canada (March 18, 2016) –

On Thursday, March 17th, The Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism – Alberta’s first openly gay minister – attended the 2016 Jasper Pride Festival flag raising ceremony, kicking off the 7th annual event in a gesture of support for both the local LGBTQA community and Jasper’s tourism industry. This is Miranda’s first pride festival since taking office as Alberta’s minister of culture and tourism in early February.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were MP Jim Eglinski and MLA Eric Rosendahl.

All three dignitaries shared words of support and celebrated Jasper’s diverse and inclusive community, which has helped make the festival the third largest in the province since its inception seven years ago. Miranda, Eglinski, and Rosendahl are all planning to enjoy a variety of festival events throughout the weekend. Miranda, who will be in Jasper for three days, will give a keynote address at Saturday’s Alberta Night presented by ATB Financial, a fundraiser that supports fYrefly in Schools. This educational initiative helps to reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minority youth.

Running until March 20th, the 2016 Jasper Pride Festival sends its love and invites visitors to celebrate in a community that is known for welcoming everyone with wide open arms. Revelers are invited to enjoy LGBTQA-themed entertainment and activities, but also to get out and experience the natural winter wonders that make Jasper one of Canada’s premier Rocky Mountain destinations.

This year's jam-packed program features 24 events over four days, including the ever-popular (00)7th Annual Jasper Pride Gala Party “From Jasper With Love” on Saturday the 19th.

Other festival highlights include live concerts by folksinger Kate Reid and the front-man vocalist of the Canadian rock band The Cliks, Lucas Silveira. Edmonton's International Fringe Festival smash hit, MAN UP! will perform an exclusive “Boylesque” tribute to James Bond

Winter activities during the festival include LGBTQA-themed ski events at Marmot Basin, home to Canada’s highest base elevation, guided ice canyon hikes, and ice climbing, all of which will be exclusive to Pride guests.

For a full event schedule and more information on the 7th annual Jasper Pride Festival, visit jasperpride.ca