Upcoming Event: Vancouver Pride – July 28 – August 6, 2023
It’s the most colourful time of the year! The city’s biggest and most diverse celebration, Vancouver Pride, hits the West End and surrounding areas of the city starting July 28 and running through to August 6, when over 100,000 people are expected to turn out to enjoy the 2023 Pride Parade.
The 2023 theme is #Reconnect with the Vancouver Pride Society striving to continue their work in reconnecting the movement to grassroots organizations, and amplifying the voices of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. What you’ll see is a packed line-up of events curated by local 2SLGBTQAI+ groups.
For many, the pinnacle is the showstopping Pride Parade, and this year it has a brand new route that is both more accessible and offers more space for celebration! Starting at Denman and Davie streets, the parade will now head south along Beach Avenue and then Pacific Street into Yaletown, before ending at Concord Community Park by Science World. The parade includes approximately 100 entries consisting of floats, dancers, entertainers, musicians, and more. Part celebration, part protest, the parade reflects on the past with eyes on the future. At the end of the parade route is VanPrideFest, and the best news is that the the festival is now on for two whole days, August 5 and 6!
Of course, there are a host of other events that are soon to be announced. Here are two highlights we have our eyes on.
Vancouver Pride Festival kicks off with its most lavish event, Posh Ball! Presented by Van Vogue Jam, this high-style affair that promises an outstanding display of the city’s vogue/ballroom scene.
Davie Street Lounge
July 28 – August 6
Every night throughout the festival, the Davie Street Lounge will serve as a showcase for local community organizers, with programming that stretches from Queers and Beers to Comedy Here Often stand-up, Under the Tables’ QTBIPOC-only poetry slam, and the first-ever all-Black Pride party presented by AfroQueer.
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Photo Credit: Vancouver Pride Society Facebook page