Victoria’s Pride Parade is happening THIS weekend; here’s what you need to know

(2019 Victoria Pride Parade/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

Mix in the summertime sunshine with a highly-anticipated Pride celebration, and this weekend in BC’s capital is certain to be one for the books.

It’s simply two extra sleeps till the 2022 Victoria Pride Parade takes to downtown streets, ushering in a flood of crimson, yellow, blue and all the opposite colors of the rainbow.

Set for this Sunday, June twenty sixth at 11 a.m., organizers are introducing contributors to a brand-new parade route this yr, kicking off on the Johnson Street Bridge earlier than enveloping the Inner Harbour.

Along with the Big Gay Dog Walk and Memorial Drag Ball Game, it’s one among many signature Victoria Pride Society (VPS) events again and higher than ever!

“The pandemic has been laborious on 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and we’re trying ahead to connecting once more,” the revamped Victoria Pride Society (VPS) exclaims.

Opening parade ceremonies will embody Songhees Nation and different Indigenous Two-Spirit friends of Honour, with round 140 parade entries or floats, together with Victoria Buzz, set to cruise previous as many as 40,000 spectators, in accordance to VPS.

In a Thursday replace, VicPD say a number of streets between Vic West and James Bay will probably be closed for the parade, with short-term CCTV cameras deployed to assist police operations and guarantee public security.

Floats will head south alongside scenic Wharf Street after which onto Government, Belleville, and Menzies Streets earlier than foot-only site visitors marches down Kingston, Oswego, then onto Niagara Street to conclude the parade on the gates into Pride Festival within the Park.

VPS expects the competition, happening at MacDonald Park from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m., will see 1000’s of individuals collect and participate within the multifaceted queer-themed competition that includes music, dance, and Canadian drag expertise.

“Programming consists of an early afternoon family-friendly festive ambiance with music, enjoyable actions, bouncy fortress, drag story time, and surprises,” the VPS explains, noting admission is a advised $5 donation.

For the primary time, competition grounds will probably be solely fenced in and licensed, “making a dynamic, festive ambiance the place you can absorb all of the motion, stroll all through the venue and have room to social distance,” the VPS added.

Find all the small print concerning the 2022 Victoria Pride Parade, together with different signature VPS occasions on-line here!

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 8 p.m.
  • Where: MacDonald Park, Niagara Street
  • Admission: Suggested $5 donation


Victoria Buzz is a proud associate of Victoria Pride 2022

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