The Halifax Pride parade's VIP factor just went up a notch.
The organization confirmed Monday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be taking part in the parade on Saturday.
Halifax Pride tweeted on Monday evening that a "special guest" would join the parade, to which Trudeau replied, "See you there!"
The Halifax Pride festival is Canada’s fourth-biggest Pride fête. Last year it attracted 120,000 people, according to Halifax Pride's website. (The first Halifax Pride March was held in 1988 with just 75 people.) The parade is the largest event of the festival, which marks its 30th anniversary this year.
Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore also sent out a tweet saying Trudeau will march in this year's parade.
Trudeau became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade when he did so in Toronto in 2016, then attended the same event last month.
Halifax's police service said in February that it will not participate in this year's Pride parade amid a "national debate'' about police involvement in such events.
Pride Toronto members had voted to ostensibly ban official police floats from marches and parades in January, adopting a list of demands put forward by that city's chapter of Black Lives Matter.
With The Canadian Press