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It’s almost Pride season in Vancouver, and now is the time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate this year!
We all love the parade and festival at Sunset Beach on Pride Sunday, but you can actually pack your week full of Pride events all around the city.
Check out our roundup of some of the ones you don’t want to miss.
And if you’re a fan of getting in some cardio during Pride, here are six great sweat-inducing Pride-themed workouts happening around the city.
What: Curated by Paul Wong, and part of Alternative Pride 2019, this is described as a “magical twilight event” featuring Vancouver’s only all-Asian drag family, the House of Rice, and plenty of other talent including hand fighting and sword dancing.
Where: Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
When: Thursday, August 1, 7-11pm
What: Attendees can explore four levels of the Art Gallery, and take in what the organizers are calling a “queer living library.” The event includes stories and pop-up conversations from queer artists and advocates, Paint & Drink in the Annex Workshop, bingo, as well as many performances.
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
When: Friday, August 2, 5-9pm
Celebrities Pride Summer of Love
What: Celebrities is hosting a variety of events throughout Pride season, including a Drag Carnival starring Amanda Lepore, a late night party featuring Naomi Smalls, Rocky Horror, Grease, and a Motown party, just to name a few.
Where: Celebrities Nightclub
When: July 28 – August 4
What: Hosted by Black Lives Matter Vancouver, this is the third annual March on Pride, to celebrate the radical and revolutionary origins of Pride, 50 years after Stonewall.
Where: Meet at Emery Barnes Park, march down Davie Street
When: Saturday, July 27, 10:30 am
Tickets: Free, donations, volunteers, and sharing of songs/chants encouraged
What: Three RuPaul Drag Race winners, Alaska, Bob the Drag Queen, and Violet Chachki will be headlining the annual substance-free event featuring several local queens, and two DJs. The event celebrates overcoming addiction, and provides a safe, sober space for everyone who attends.
Where: Davie and Thurlow outdoor stage
When: Sunday, August 4, 6 to 10pm
What: The Vancouver Aquarium has partnered with the Vancouver Pride Society for this 19+ event. Grab a drink from one of the bars scattered around the venue, and learn about the sex lives of animals. Attendees are encouraged to come in drag, or colourful and proud outfits!
Where: The Vancouver Aquarium
When: Thursday August 1, 7 pm
What: Man Up is an all genders, all bodies drag variety show and queer dance party, at a queer women-run DIY warehouse space in East Van. The events are hosted monthly, and Pride is always their biggest of the year.
Where: The Warehouse, 550 Malkin Avenue
When: Friday August 2, 8pm
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