Nova Scotia

Softball game kicks off Halifax Pride Week

About 2,000 people gathered at the Halifax Common to watch some good old fashioned softball.

About 2,000 people gathered at the Halifax Common to watch some good old fashioned softball.

The 8th annual Dykes vs. Divas softball game kicked off Halifax Pride Week, the largest pride event in Atlantic Canada.

Not only was the competition fierce, the players were looking pretty fierce as well.

"The Queens usually win because, you know, they hit like men," Dyke player Heather Roberts, who helped organize the game, said with a laugh. "They play like men and they run in stilettos like women."

Boom Boom Luba-licious, also known as Halifax Pride co-chair Ed Savage, was dressed for the event.

"I'm wearing a leopard print furry jacket, with a short skirt and bra," said Savage. "And six-inch heels."

There were even vendors on site selling souvenirs — including Diva baseball cards.

Events are planned all this week and will peak next weekend at a family picnic and, of course, the ever popular pride parade. 

"People are building floats that in the past were just walking contingents, so it's definitely going to be bigger and better than ever," said Halifax Pride co-chair Liz McQuaid.

In the end, the Divas couldn't overtake the Dykes.

The Dykes won with a score of 17 to 10.

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