Pride weekend kicks off today with the Davie Street Party and for the night owls that want to party all weekend, Reiko Mackenzie has curated the best Pride evening events to enjoy this weekend.
Mackenzie is the well-loved socialite from the hit television series “The Real Housewives of Vancouver” who has come out both personally and professionally on Vancity Buzz this week and passion for her latest endeavour, Corsa gluten-free beer.
What: After a five-year dormant period, it has been brought to life to replace the old Pop Opera on West Hastings street by a recent UBC alumni, Bijan Ahmadian. This is going to be its first Friday night in five years and falls on Pride weekend – you can bet it’s going to be a party and a half. Oh and bring a towel, they have a on-stage shower for performers.
Reiko says: “Set to re-open at its location for Pride with two Corsa beer taps! Yipeeeee! Pink beer! Yes my beer will be pouring all PRIDE weekend at the hottest new gay club in Vancouver. Can’t wait for this relaunch!”
What: Seven years in the making, Man Up Pride 2015 won’t just be a party, but it’s described by its organizers as a “space odyssey escapade that will transport you to another realm of queerocity.” This seems to be the king of all drag king shows so don’t miss out.
Reiko says: “Ok if you have never been, this is an insane MUST! The shows are so amazing and involve some serious jaw dropping talent. I remember my first drag king show! Do you? There’s a first for everything right?”
What: The name says it all! If you’re going to the Cobalt for the drag king showdown, then perhaps you’ll be curious to compare both shows. Reiko sums it up pretty well below, take a look.
Reiko says: “The largest drag show in Vancouver with stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jujubee, Shangela, Raja, Milk & Trixie Mattel. I think Vancouver has the most beautiful drag queens. Sexy, talented and totally intimidating. Fun for everyone!”
What: A post parade outdoor party for women and friends includes Flowers, pillow piles, pole dancers, lawn games, and DJ beats. Chicas in the afternoon is part garden party, and part dance party.
Reiko says: “The post-parade LGBTQ girls party!! This was a blast last year. Afternoon schmoozing while the sun sets. You never really know how many LGBTQ women there are in the city until you go to a CHICAS event. 2 levels, 2 dance floors, VIP section. Rainbows everywhere.”
Where: Sheraton Gardens – Sheraton Wall Centre 1088 Burrard Street
What: Hosted at one of the city’s best live music venues with a tremendous focus on on-stage performances, this will be The Commodore like you have never seen it before. There will be a handful of different artists and performers all night and will bring back its regulars so act fast if you want to experience it yourself.
Reiko says: “Those that know Tommy D, you know his parties. And if you haven’t experienced it yet, this year you have no excuse. The most beautiful men and the most epic stage productions. Only one word to describe this epic event is INSANE. I will never forget this party. Once in a lifetime experience!”
What: An event aimed at those willing to go big on their final night of Pride. This high-end party takes two clubs to contain the celebrations as Harbour and Prive right next door to each other, open their doors and one ticket gets you into both parties. This year’s DJ’s have House and EDM on one side while the other has Hip-Hop and Top 40.
Reiko says: “Hershe is THE biggest closing party ritual of Pride. Well I think I went to the first ever Hershe party back in 1992…? These FlyGirls really know how to put a party on. A success everytime. Featuring amazing international and local DJs.”
Where: Harbour Event Centre & Privé Night club 750 Pacific Boulevard
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