River of Pride acknowledges that the region we operate in is unceded and unsurendered territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Nations and their two-spirit peoples, who are the original LGBTQ+ people of this region.
In the 1990s, people for the community started organizing, which resulted in the Moncton chapter for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) being established in 1995. Monctons’ gay bar on St-George st., Triangles Bar & Club, also opened that year.
In 1999, Greg Daborn and Art Vautour-Toole found a solution to their frustrations in having to travel far (ie: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto) to celebrate Pride Week. They organized with Denis Lanteigne Moncton’s first Pride weekend in June 2000. The first Moncton Pride Parade Marshal was Eldon Hay, an activist and father supportive of his gay son, Ron Hay.
Throughout the years, many other people from the Moncton’s LGBTQ+ community joined the organizing of Pride Week celebrations and of other initiatives. In 2009, River of Pride was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
Now, 20 years later, we have grown significantly in size and in mandate, in hopes of organizing and mobilizing for LGBTQ+ peoples’ well being.