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The streets of downtown will be packed this Sunday, August 4 as the annual Vancouver Pride Parade will make its way through the city for a three-hour-long route.
This much-anticipated celebration will be filled with colour, floats, costumes, and music. With a theme of “50 Years & Still Fighting,” the event will be recognizing two major milestones: the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality and the riots at Stonewall.
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“This year, we invite you to join us as we embrace everything Pride is to us: a protest, a party, a celebration, a chance to take up space take over the streets and unapologetically embrace who we are,” Pride co-chairs Charmaine de Silva and Michelle Fortin said in a joint statement.
Vancouver Pride Parade route
The parade will begin at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, head west on Robson to Denman Street, then south past Davie and east on Beach. The parade concludes at Sunset Beach for the Sunset Beach Festival — a medley of live music, vendors, and beer gardens to finish off Pride’s main event.
There are two accessible Pride Parade viewing areas, as well.
The main one is located on the North side of Beach Ave at Broughton. This space features accessible portapotties and a shaded viewing area with chairs and space for mobility devices. ASL interpretation of Parade commentary is provided. Live Description of the Parade for those with vision loss is provided by VocalEye. Volunteers are available to assist you.
A secondary smaller viewing area will be located at the West End Community Centre. This area will include chairs and space for mobility devices under shade tents.
The parade will march forward rain or shine and is free for any and all hoping to watch the display of LGBTQ2+ pride.
Parade Grand Marshalls
Announced earlier this summer, the 2019 Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshalls are Orene Askew (AKA DJ O Show), Idris Hudson, and Queer ASL, who have all have dedicated their time and energy to making the world a more inclusive and inviting place.
When: Sunday, August 4
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Where: Begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, proceeds onto Denman Street, and ends at Sunset Beach
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