Big news, Vancouver! The city’s annual Pride Parade and Festival will be changing its location this year to improve accessibility, and it looks like this year’s celebration will be even bigger and better than ever. And to kick things off this month, the Vancouver Pride Society will host East Side Pride, an all-ages daytime celebration.

East Side Pride

According to a recent release, visitors of East Side Pride can expect to see performances by some of the finest drag artists in East Van, including shows by Hoodie Browns, Emerald Osagie, Lola Lovegood, Nonsweet, Nostic, and the Rainbow Concert Band.

There will also be an artisanal market and food vendors to peruse, and engaging demos by Science World and Forbidden Walking Tours.

East Side Pride will take place at Grandview Park on June 24th.

Vancouver Pride Festival

Now taking place at Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver Pride 2023 will occur over two days, which means even more parties, pop-up events, and drag shows are in store!

“We are excited to announce this change to the parade route and festival location, and to also announce that the festival will now be two days long,” said Madison Holding, Co-Executive Director of Vancouver Pride Society. “By moving to Concord Pacific Place and expanding the festival to two days, we are creating a more inclusive and accessible event that will accommodate a larger number of attendees”

 

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New parade route

As well, the new parade route and festival site will be closer to convenient transportation options, making it easier for residents across the Lover Mainland to attend.

Starting this year, the Vancouver Pride Parade will begin at the intersection of Davie and Denman, and will move down Beach Avenue and Pacific Street, reaching its end at the festival site at Concord Community Park.

Note that the organizers are currently accepting applications to participate in the Vancouver Pride Parade online.

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The importance of 2SLGBTQAI+ communities taking up space and gathering in person cannot be overstated. Community-focused events like the Pride Parade and in years past, the Sunset Beach Festival, create this space and invite everyone to the party.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th, with the Vancouver Pride Parade slated for August 6th.

Mark your calendars and get excited, because Pride month (and season) is officially here!

Vancouver Pride 2023

When: East Side Pride on June 24th, Vancouver Pride Festival on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th
Where: Concord Pacific Place and False Creek