This year, Halifax Pride is honoured to host Chris Cochrane as our Parade Ambassador. Chris is a prominent and beloved community advocate and entertainer in Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Originally from Cape Breton, Chris moved to Halifax in 2005 and has preformed drag in our city for 14 years. She has grown to infamy as the show-stopping performer, Elle Noir. Chris is also an Etsy and makeup artist, and actress. Chris is one of the first transgender women to star in a Canadian drama series, playing roles such as Chanel in Sex & Violence.

Chris is also known and respected as a trans activist. She starting her transition in 2009 and has always been on the forefront of activism in Halifax. Her larger than life stage persona and emotional and moving personal story has been a beacon of inspiration and representation.

Chris speaks about her lived experience in various settings, including schools and universities. She volunteers her services for many community organizations, particularly youth programs. This year, Chris underwent her final surgery to become the woman she was always meant to be. Once she is full recovered, she will be back out speaking for Trans rights, human rights, and her experiences as a Trans woman of colour.

“As this is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in our history that was led by trans women of colour, it is my honour as a black trans woman to serve as the 2019 Halifax Pride Parade Ambassador!” says Chris about her role as Parade Ambassador.

We could not be more honoured to recognize Chris’s amazing work and journey.

Youth Committee seeks festival feedback

The following survey was created to help the Youth Committee identify ways to make the Halifax Pride Festival and Society more accessible to those 19 and under. If you are a youth or attended the festival in your youth, and wish to share your experience, please complete our short survey.

Should you wish to learn more about Halifax Pride, our activities, or ways to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Youth Committee Lead, Fiona Kerr, at

Click HERE to take the survey.

Event Planner Information

The majority of events that take place during the Halifax Pride Festival are planned and executed by individuals, volunteers, and groups in Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. Halifax Pride recognizes that the festival can serve as a valuable platform for the community and strives to provide information and support to help organizers with their events.

An Event Planner Meeting held in January each year offers community members information on festival plans and a chance to learn about ways the Halifax Pride Society can support their efforts. For details on deadline dates, Pride Guide inclusion and other items reviewed at the meeting, please follow the link for notes from the 2019 Event Planner Meeting.

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