It’s nearly time again for Vancouverities to show their pride. Vancouver’s largest, longest, and most community-inclusive parade will make a massive return for its 35th year! It’s an event renowned for its party atmosphere, and it’s also a celebration of community diversity, creativity, and unity.
2013 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Pride Parade in Vancouver. This year is an important turning point for the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS), with the City of Vancouver granting civic status to the Pride Parade, now considered one of the city’s flagship events! The parade boasts 150+ fun and lively floats and parade entries.
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Vancouver Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage among the largest and most successful events in the world in support of LGBTQ communities, with spectator and participants outnumbering the host City’s residents.
The event will be hosted by the ever popular Joan-E and Connie Smudge, along with Drag King Ponyboy. Its esteemed panel of judges will observe from the judging zones at Whole Foods, Safeway, and the Boathouse and award points based on the appearance, impact, and music of the entry.
It is a very popular and well-attended event, so be sure to arrive early to ensure a good viewing location along the parade route! The route on either side of the street can be more than 10 people thick at some locations.
After the parade is over, head on down to Sunset Beach (the end of the parade route) for the Vancouver Pride Festival – 150 tents, food carts, giveaways, live entertainment, a beer garden, and 150,000 people!
Date: Sunday, August 4
Time: Begins at 12 p.m. at the intersection of Robson and Thurlow
Location: Robson Street to Denman Street to Pacific Street (20 city blocks long!)
Parade Route: The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach Festival site. Altogether, the parade route runs along 20 blocks of Downtown Vancouver’s streets.
These remarkable individuals represent an intergenerational and international perspective on Pride, celebrating the people who have shaped its spirit with their passion for equality:
- Susan Harman, Karin Lind and Aideen McKenna are three amazing moms from PFLAG who have contributed over a decade of service to the parents, families, and friends of Vancouver’s LGBTQ Community.
- Brandon Timmerman is an extraordinary Ontario youth who founded Brockville Pride at the age of 16 and has continued to be an advocate for queer youth.
- Zdravko Cimbaljevic is the “first out gay man” in Montenegro and the founder of its modern LGBTQ movement.
The following streets will be closed for the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 4:
- 1000–1100 Robson St. between Burrard and Bute from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 700–900 Thurlow St. between Georgia and Nelson from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 1100-1600 Robson St. between Bute and Denman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- 800-1200 Denman St. between Robson and Beach 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 1300-1700 Beach Ave. between Denman and Jervis 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 1000-1200 Pacific between Jervis and Burrard 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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