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Vancouver’s annual Pride Week culminating in the Pride Parade, is one of summer’s most anticipated events. Last year, around 650,000 people lined the parade route to show their support and take in the procession, which is equal parts protest and party.

Of course, this year, Vancouver’s Pride celebrations will look a bit different. But they haven’t disappeared! The Vancouver Pride Society has pivoted to create a digital festival full of community events, connections, culture and celebration. In addition, there will still be a handful of analog experiences, including the self-guided Pride Art Walk (July 20 – August 2) and an outdoor screening of Paris is Burning at Trout Lake Park.

Hop online, and you’ll find plenty of digital Pride experiences, from Drag Story Time with Mina Mercury, to a Vancouver Queer History Panel, and the Hot Fruit 5G celebration of the QTBIPOC community starring Chaka Khan (yes, that one!).

And while the parade won’t be live this year, the Society, along with Daily Hive Vancouver, are producing a virtual parade that will be live streamed on Sunday, August 2. The final Pride event for the year will be a streaming of 40+ Years of Vancouver Pride History, a documentary letting you revisit Vancouver Pride celebrations of the past.

Check out the Community Events section of VancouverPride.ca and the society’s Facebook page for more information. And enter your mailing address before July 17, and you’ll receive a print copy of the brand new 2020 Van Pride Magazine, celebrating the community’s artists and creators.

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