Pride week is underway in Vancouver and the rainbow flag is flying high.
At City Hall, the flag has been up since Monday, with the city council addressing the specific steps Vancouver is taking to make the city a safe home for those who identify as LGBTQ. Mayor Gregor Robertson raised the multi-coloured flag and read the official proclamation on the North Lawn. Later that day, the mayor sat in as a guest DJ at Celebrities Nightclub.
Just west of Vancouver’s largest gay nightclub, the Sandman Hotel was celebrating their newly painted rooftop rainbow flag. The permanent flag is 17 metres long and is painted on a rooftop extension. The flag echoes the permanent colours painted on the Davie and Bute crosswalk for last year’s pride festival.
The weekend promises a whole host of colourful events. Here is a list of this year’s celebrations:
August 1 – Davie Street Block Party
There will be an all-ages show and dance floor at the rainbow crosswalk and a 19+ zone with a main stage between Burrard and Thurlow. The 19+ zone has a $10 entry fee.
August 2 – Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
Independent Grocer’s is donating the breakfast supplies for this memorial meal for one of Vancouver’s Pride founders.
August 2 – Vancouver Dyke March
The party moves to Commercial Drive with a parade and party at Grandview Park.
August 3 – 36th Annual Pride Parade
Brave the crowds and come see one of the biggest pride parades in the world. The parade starts on Robson Street, ducks down Denman and finishes along Beach Avenue, just above Sunset Beach.
August 3 – Pride Festival
After the parade, the party continues at Sunset Beach with live music, a market, a family zone and a beer garden with a DJ stage.
Happy Pride Week!