The City of Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan Pride have declared July 7 to 13 as the ninth annual Pride Week.

Theo Houghtaling, member at large with Southwest Sask. Pride, was at the last city council meeting to make the proclamation.

"In those nine years and in the years prior, building up toward founding Southwest Saskatchewan Pride, we've seen and made so much change," he said. "Steps forward, steps back, steps taken and retaken. One of our biggest successes has been the opening of the local Pride centre."

The organization opened a drop-in space at the Dickson Community Centre two years ago which has recently relocated to downtown Swift Current. 

Over the next several days community members will be able to engage in a variety of events to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Sunday

Pride Crosswalk Repainting: The colourful crosswalk is getting a touch-up today in downtown Swift Current. One lane will be closed on Central Avenue North from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while painting is happening. 

Bi-cycle Ride: Enjoy a leisurely ride on any path-friendly set of wheels today. Leaving from Elmwood Park Playground at 2 p.m., decorated rides will cruise the Chinook Parkway to Riverside Park. 

Monday

Flag Raising: The rainbow flag will be raised at Market Square at noon to officially commence Pride Week. This event is free for the whole family to attend.

Board Games: Enjoy the bright yet cozy new Drop-in Centre with games and mingling at 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Queer Art Tour: Head to the Art Gallery of Swift Current at 3 p.m. for a tour of their latest exhibition, Richard Boulet's Art Thou the Accuser of Thy Brethren or Art Thou the Inspiration of Their Heart.

Wednesday

Pride Cookie Decorating: Diana's Kitchen's delicious cookies will be served for decorating and tasting from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Drop-in Centre.

Queer Trivia Night: A 19+ event will kick off at Lucky Charlie's from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday 

Pride in the Southwest: Local Pride history will be the topic of this event; learn, talk, and write about Pride in Swift Current at the Drop-in Centre at noon. 

Rainbow Bowling: Hit the lanes at the Social Bowl from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy a vibrant bowling experience. 

Friday

Queer Art Night: People of all ages are welcome to attend a night of art at the Drop-in Centre. Get creative and crafty, starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday

Pride March: Stop by the Southwest Sask. Pride booth for some swag and join in on the march at noon.

Potluck: After working up an appetite with all that walking, head to the Pride Centre for a big potluck meal at 1 p.m.

Drag Makeup: Stick around until 3 p.m. and enjoy trying out drag makeup and learning new tricks.

Drag Show: This performance is sure to be an entertaining and exciting one. While the venue has yet to be announced, the evening will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., ending Pride Week on a great note.

"On behalf of the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride Board and of the broader 2SLGBTQ+ community here in the southwest I invite you all to attend these events and to help grow a culture of inclusion," Houghtaling added. "It's all of our responsibility. Every year it becomes a little easier to be yourself in Swift Current."

For the latest updates on events, check out the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride Facebook page