The Island's 15th annual Pride celebrations kicked off this weekend.

The week is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

The week's events began Sunday morning with a church service at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown.

Events include flag-raising ceremonies at city halls across the Island, a masquerade gala, a parade, and a day of reflection.

Alyssa MacAusland, director of Abegweit Rainbow Collective, said attitudes have changed since the first Pride parade on the Island.

During that event, some people threw eggs at the participants. In previous years, demonstrators have protested the annual Pride parade.

"With my experience, especially being in Charlottetown going to the Pride parades for the last few years, you might see maybe one or two people that still have their own beliefs," said MacAusland. "But generally, the general public has really come out to show support for our community, to show support for equality and diversity and for having everyone have the right to just be who they are."

A full listing of the week's events can be seen at