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Vancouver Pride Weekend will feature a new promenade and pop-up patio this year

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Eric Zimmer May 22, 2019 11:12 am

A new, three-day Davie Village Promenade event with a Pride Patio will be part of Pride Weekend this year, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has announced.

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From August 2 to 4, 2019, Vancouver Pride Society will create a pedestrian promenade
through the historic Davie Village, welcoming community members to gather in a public
space.

“Neighbours and visitors alike are invited to take advantage of Vancouver’s warm and
sunny August weather and enjoy dining al fresco on a temporary patio extension at one
of the many restaurants Davie Village has to offer,” said VPS, in a release. This year will also feature a new Pop-up Pride Patio on Bute Street, across from Jim Deva Plaza.

“Davie Village will come alive with large-scale interactive art pieces by local artists and
roving busking-style performances,” said VPS. “Picnic tables and lounging areas throughout the street provide a place to picnic, take in a performance, and have a conversation.”

New federal funding

The new Promenade and Pop-up Pride Patio come on the heels of new federal funding for the annual August event, said VPS.

The society announced that it is receiving $1 million in federal funding over the
next two years as part of the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy to strengthen Canada’s tourism sector.

The total amount will be broken up into two $500,000 increments with the first increment being doled out this year, and the second instalment coming next year.

A full accessibility audit of events and enhanced accessibility services, including training for staff and volunteers, will be introduced in year-one. Funds will be provided to QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) event organizers to support a QTBIPOC event, envisioned and managed by the community during Pride season.

In year-two, VPS will administer funding for a Two-Spirit Powwow in 2020 after consultation with our Host Nations and local Two-Spirit organizations. VPS will activate new areas across Vancouver with six Pop-Up Pride events such as film screenings and mural painting that will occur throughout the year.

“Vancouver is already a popular destination for LGBTQAI2+ tourists,” said VPS Executive Director Andrea Arnot. “This increased funding from the Ministry of Tourism will finance key initiatives to increase representation and accessibility while attracting even more people to our beautiful city on the coast.”

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