Although Pride should be celebrated all year round, the month of June becomes a special time to bring us all together, to support and advocate for the LGBTQIA2+ community. Vancouver’s earliest Pride celebrations began in the early 1970s, with the first Pride Parade in 1978. Because of the courage and the fight for equality, it is now a celebration of inclusivity, the freedom to love who you want and to be who you truly are, fiercely and openly.
In Vancouver, celebrations begin in June and go through the end of July! Here is a list of a few events happening in our city!
East Side Pride
When? June 25 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where? Grandview Park – 1657 Charles St. Vancouver
Details: Kick off Pride season with a chill afternoon of community, artisans and free entertainment. We’ll have giant Jenga, a parachute game for the kids, queer trivia, button making and a barbecue supporting our friends at SAIGE Community Food Bank. This event is made possible with funding from Presenting Sponsor TD and Heritage Canada
Pride Anthem Rowing Workout
When? July 26 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Where? Club Row – 163 West Pender, Vancouver
Details: Get your sweat on this Vancouver Pride festival! Club Row Fitness will be hosting a special Pride Anthem musical-themed class to celebrate. Think spin but on a rowing machine. Dress up in your most colourful, rainbow workout attire and come down to show your pride. Bring a friend and reserve your spot now on the club row website.
Vancouver Pride Parade
When? July 31st from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Where? Vancouver’s West End starting on Robson Street, left on Denman St, and another left on Beach Avenue. The Parade ends beside the Sunset Beach festival site
Details: Hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society, the parade is celebrated not only by Vancouver’s LGBTQIA2+ community but by the entire city and visitors from around the world. You don’t have to be a part of the LGBTQIA2+ community to appreciate the Vancouver Pride Parade as being one of the city’s most impressive annual parades.
“When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” — Laverne Cox