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Get ready to paint the town with rainbows! The city’s biggest and most diverse celebration, Vancouver Pride, hits the West End and surrounding areas of the city starting July 21 and running through to August 4, when 650,000 people are expected to turn out to witness the 2019 Pride Parade. This year’s theme is “50 Years & Still Fighting,” recognising how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. 

Vancouver Pride celebrates the spirit of the LGBTQAI2S+ community showcasing diversity in all forms. For many, the pinnacle is the showstopping Pride Parade, winding through downtown Vancouver then along Denman Street to Sunset Beach. The parade includes approximately 150 entries consisting of floats, dancers, entertainers, musicians, and more. Part celebration, part protest, the three-hour parade reflects on the past with eyes on the future. At the end of the parade route, is the annual Sunset Beach Festival, complete with entertainment stages, food trucks, family activities and a beer garden.

Other official Vancouver Pride Society events to check out include the family-friendly Picnic in the Park down at Stanley Park’s Second Beach on July 21, Pride Premiere 2019 – a 7-hour party encircling the Vancouver Art Gallery on July 26, Pride After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium, and the clean-and-sober Untoxicated 2019 celebration on August 4 after the parade.

Additional LGBTQAI2S+ events happening throughout the city include the Vancouver Dyke March on August 3 and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival taking place August 15 – 25. The festival includes informative and inspirational works both on and off screen. In addition to film, the 11-day event includes workshops and panel discussions. For more community events and activities, GayVan.com is a great resource to check out.

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