Victoria Pride Festival and parade will return in-person this summer

(Victoria Pride Society/Facebook)

Get prepared to point out your delight, Victoria!

One of the capital area’s most exuberant occasions is about to return in particular person this summer, following two years of digital celebrations as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Victoria Pride Festival is scheduled to happen from June twenty third to July 2nd, because the Victoria Pride Parade cruises by means of city on Sunday, June twenty sixth.

“The vibrant march will envelop the downtown Inner Harbour in probably the most vibrant show of delight on Vancouver Island,” Victoria Pride Society (VPS) instructed Victoria Buzz.

According to organizers, the parade will see a brand new route this 12 months, taking marchers east over the Johnson Street Bridge then south onto Wharf Street earlier than turning onto Government, Belleville and Menzies Streets.

Throughout the week, other signature festival events making a comeback embrace Pride Festival within the Park, the Big Gay Dog Walk and the Memorial Drag Ball Game.

Since the final dwell occasion in 2019, VPS says it’s undergone fairly just a few modifications, together with electing 9 new board members, naming a brand new president, and hiring its first government director. 

“I’m excited to collaborate with each an invigorated board of administrators and our first-ever government director to make sure 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are the main target of our parade and pageant, particularly after two years of dwelling in isolation,” stated VPS president Britton Kohn.

“Together, we will proceed to do the work to supply Pride so that each one people really feel included; we’re already wanting ahead to extra volunteers getting concerned.”

Parade and pageant vendor purposes at the moment are out there online, however VPS notes that candidates will bear a brand new vetting course of targeted on variety and inclusion “to make sure that members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are the main target of delight.”

Victoria Pride Parade

  • When: Sunday, June twenty sixth at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Starts on the Johnson Street Bridge

Pride Festival in the Park

  • When: Sunday, June twenty sixth – 10 a.m. to eight p.m.
  • Where: Macdonald Park

On March twenty fourth, the City of Victoria introduced it’s supporting 41 festivals this 12 months with $321,200 in grant funding, plus as much as $129,500 of in-kind contributions to usher within the return of pageant season regionally.

Victoria Pride Society acquired $13,000 in funding that will go in direction of the Victoria Pride Festival and Parade.

“Grab your solar hat and pageant chair, after the lengthy pandemic hiatus it’s going to be an awesome summer for arts and tradition occasions in Victoria,” added Mayor Lisa Helps.

“I’m thrilled to see the thrilling lineup of culturally various, family-friendly occasions, from dance and theatre to music and neighborhood performances. There is one thing new to attend each week.”

A full record of occasions returning to Victoria this 12 months may be discovered here.

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