As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift across BC, a well-liked summer season festival in Vancouver is planning a return to in-person programming for its signature events.
The Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) introduced at present that the theme of its 2022 festival might be “Together Again.” The theme was partially impressed by group organizer Shanique Khalil who hosted an occasion of the identical identify final summer season.
According to Lee Keple, VPS Interim-Executive Director, “Together Again” goals to have fun the enjoyment of reuniting and uplifting the varied 2SLGBTQAI+ communities within the metropolis and past.
“Each yr in Vancouver, the Pride festival presents a possibility for our group to return collectively in inclusivity and unity,” mentioned Keple in a launch. “For the previous two Pride seasons, we’ve needed to adapt the festival in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, curating and delivering digital and at-home programming. As public well being restrictions elevate right here in British Columbia, a protected return of public events is highly-anticipated.”
VPS shared that it’s planning for “enterprise as ordinary” with events and actions this summer season, together with the return of the Sunset Beach Festival and the annual Pride Parade, which attracts an estimated 400,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.
The society is at present wait-listing applications for the Vancouver Pride Parade, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 31. Nominations are also open for this yr’s Pride Grand Marshals, who traditionally have been 2SLGBTQAI+ serving teams or people who’ve made a optimistic distinction of their communities.
“As we have fun Vancouver Pride 2022, we acknowledge these whose activism contributes to the betterment of our communities whereas inspiring others to hitch,” mentioned Michelle Fortin, Chair of VPS in a press release.
VPS additionally introduced that they are going to proceed to supply digital programming all through this yr’s festival and that the group is dedicated to making sure all the pieces they create and ship is as accessible and inclusive as potential.
A beloved annual Pride occasion making its long-awaited return this spring is the Unicorn Ball on Friday, May 13 on the Imperial. The in-person 19+ occasion is an “unconventional and outlandish” dance get together that raises funds for VPS’s Community Bursaries, a program giving again to equity-seeking communities.
Tickets for the Unicorn Ball will go on sale on April 1 at vancouverpride.ca/tickets.
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