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Ottawa Capital Pride honours Grand Marshal who has been an important activist and champion of inclusivity for the LGBTTQ+ community.

OTTAWA • Ottawa Capital Pride is excited to announce that actor, writer, columnist, international speaker, activist, comedian and multiple award-winning TV and radio personality Candy Palmater will be the Grand Marshall of 2017’s Pride Parade on Sunday, August 27 at 1:30 PM. Festival goers can also expect her to make surprise appearances at Capital Pride’s signature events throughout Pride Week in Ottawa; August 21 – 27.  Candy will also be delivering a keynote speech during Pride Week.

“Every year we choose a Grand Marshal who exemplifies leadership in advocacy and improving the lives of those in the LGBTTQ+ community, locally, nationally and on the global stage,” explained Tammy Dopson, Chair of Ottawa Capital Pride. “As part of Capital Pride’s 2017 edition, we have put First Peoples first along with this year’s Grand Marshal who will be leading the city’s most colourful procession.”

“I am honoured to serve as Grand Marshall of Ottawa Capital Pride. I think expressions of pride are important in every town, village, and first nations community across our country.  I am thrilled that my wife and I will be celebrating in traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin people,” Candy said, following her acceptance of this crucial role in the Pride Parade.

Ottawa Capital Pride looks forward to working with Candy in fulfilling its mission of creating an environment for advocacy, education and celebration in the National Capital Region during various signature events throughout Pride Week 2017.

About Candy

A recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award-winning TV series The Candy Show (APTN). She has a role on the Trailer Park Boys S10 (Netflix), appeared in Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada), and Sex and Violence (OutTV), and received a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for her role on Forgive Me (Superchannel). She’s a Broadcaster with CBC Radio One where Candy has hosted The Candy Palmater Show, Q, DNTO and appears on Because News and The Next Chapter.

About Ottawa Capital Pride

The mission of the Ottawa Capital Pride organization is to create an environment for advocacy, education, and the fostering of a strong and vibrant rainbow community within the Nation’s Capital region. It does so through the annual Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride festival, where it welcomes everyone to participate, celebrate, and experience being a part of the rainbow community.


Tammy Dopson
Chair, Ottawa Capital Pride
613 680 3033

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