City officials say there will be no full road closures as a result of Bermuda’s first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday (August 31).

A spokesman for the City of Hamilton, the host of the parade, said: “Parade events will kick off in Victoria Park at 9am with the parade scheduled to depart from the park and take to the streets at 11am, lasting for approximately an hour and a half.

“Motorists will be pleased to know that there will be no full road closures to accommodate the event but that a rolling road closure will be utilized to keep adverse impact to access and traffic flow throughout the City to a minimum. Cones, barriers and signage will all be in place.

Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling stated that he “used to be a defender of the traditional concept of marriage”.

“It took my daughter challenging me as how I could explain to gay friends and associates on why they cannot enjoy the same rights I have in life and in death which led to changing my outlook,” he said.

“This woke me to the fact that I was being selfish in what I had achieved through simply being one of many and was unwilling to share with people different than me. I was being a hypocrite, dishonest to people I cared about.

“Bermuda suffers greatly from a shared history of restricting rights from people different from ourselves; others being based on race, sex, countries of origin and subtler community-construed differences,” he added.

“We should be ensuring every Bermudian has the rights enshrined in our Constitution, especially that which is mentioned first; the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.

“Physically I will not be in Bermuda for this first parade but I will be there in spirit.”