A flagship event and popular part of Vancouver’s Pride Week has been cancelled, as the Davie Street Party will not be happening this year, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) announced today.
“It is with disappointment that we, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) and our event partners, announce the cancellation of the annual Davie Street Party for the 2018 Pride season,” the VPS said in a statement.
The VPS said its board and staff “reviewed our financial position and budget after our 2017 fiscal year end to determine how to best recover from a posted deficit. The Davie Street Party is our most expensive event to produce.”
The VPS said regulatory costs for this event are approximately $79,500, with policing, security, and traffic management being over $37,000 of the total cost.
“It was determined that this event would need a substantial amount of additional partnered support or cost reductions to make it happen in 2018,”said the VPS.
“We consulted with our long time partners, including the City of Vancouver, early in the year, about collaborating and finding ways to reduce costs,” the statement furthered. “There was a lot of hard work from these partners, but unfortunately a solution was not attainable.”
Moving forward the VPS said it will continue to work with its event partners and the City of Vancouver to “reimagine the event” for 2019.
This year’s Pride Parade is still going ahead, and it is scheduled for Sunday, August 5.