Vancouver Pride Week kicks off Saturday July 23 and will finish off with the Pride Parade (one of North America’s largest). Drawing over half a million people to events, festivities, and the parade downtown each year, it’s one of the region’s most-anticipated celebrations.
Vancouver Pride Week
There’s much more to Pride Week than the Pride Parade and this year the calendar is packed. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the main events:
Saturday July 23 at 11:00 am
Picnic in the Park (at Stanley Park Brockton Oval). This event is youth-friendly, family-friendly.
Tuesday July 26 & Wednesday July 27 at 7:00 pm
Queer Arts Festival (at Roundhouse Community Centre & Theatre)
Thursday July 28 at 7:00 pm
Pride Movie Night (at Granville 7 Theatre)
Friday July 29 at 7:00 pm
Caya Davie Street Dance Party (in the Davie Village)
Saturday July 30 at 9:00 am
Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast (at Bute & Davie). This event is youth-friendly, family-friendly.
Sunday July 31 at 11:00am
Sunset Beach Pride Festival. This event is youth-friendly, family-friendly.
Sunday July 31 at 12:00pm
Pride Parade This event is youth-friendly, family-friendly.
Vancouver Pride Parade 2011
Hundreds of thousands of people will line the streets of Vancouver’s West End for the colourful, celebratory, and lively Pride Parade. Starting off at Robson at Bute, the parade will head down to Denman and go all the way through English Bay to Sunset Beach. Stake out your spot on the curb early and be prepared to get up and dance, sing along, and get tons of swag thrown out by participants on floats.
Pride Week and the Pride Parade are presented by the Vancouver Pride Society, which offers programs and community support throughout the year. In 2010, their Legacy Fund benefitted AIDS Vancouver, Four Feathers Society, 411 Seniors Centre Society, Qmunity, and more.
Update During the Pride Festival and Parade post your photos to Twitter and tag them with @g_fad & @miss604 for your chance to win a g-fad pride wear kit. The winner will be drawn on Sunday at 2:00pm and will be able to visit the g-fad tent at the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach to pick up their kit.
North America Outgames
Vancouver is the second city to ever host the North America Out Games and they’ll be a large part of Pride Week this year running July 25th to July 31st. Instead of a torch relay, there are flag runners and a flag ceremony that will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery July 25th. Flags will be run in several legs: From UBC, to Jericho Park, via paddle boat to Denman and Davie. Then from the base of Whistler Mountain to Grouse Mountain, to the Opening Ceremony at the art gallery (5:00pm to 7:30pm).
Sports competitions throughout the week at the Outgames are badminton, dance sport, eco challenge, golf, poker, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, a 10km run/4km walk, and the 6k vertical challenge.
The Opening Reception will then be at Club Five-Sixty and the Closing Ceremony (with Ace of Base, Dragonette, and more) will be at the Plaza of Nations July 30th.
I’d like to thank Aeden Saint, Clement C.Blaze, and Samantha Mack for having me on QueerFM this morning at the CiTR studios at UBC. They will have special coverage and 50 hours of live on-site broadcasts at various locations surrounding the OutGames.