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B.C.’s largest Pride festival is back and better than ever

Vancouver Pride Society is hosting Pride events throughout the city this July, culminating with the return of the Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival on July 31.
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Vancouver Pride Parade

It’s finally time to come Together Again!

Members of Vancouver’s 2SLGBTQAI+ community and their allies are reuniting to celebrate Vancouver Pride in-person for the first time since 2019. This year, Vancouver Pride Society is centering collaborations with QTBIPOC organizations throughout the city to amplify racialized talent through inclusive and accessible events.

Vancouver Pride’s signature Pride Weekend event, the Vancouver Pride Parade, is back on July 31 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., with floats and spectators once again marching through Robson, Denman, and Beach Avenue to the parade’s stop at Sunset Beach. For the best seat in the West End, grab your friends and head to the Parade Viewing Party at Craft Beer Market.

At this year’s Sunset Beach Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pride celebrators can visit the artisan market, dance it out to performances by all Indigenous performers and DJs at Hotlatch’s TD Main Stage and all Asian performers and DJs at RiceCake’s Community Stage, and catch the shows on Normie Corp’s Stoli Stage from the Beer Garden. 

For substance-free fun after the Sunset Beach Festival, check out the Sober Lounge from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the parking lot of Shoppers Drug Mart on Davie Street, where there will be appearances and performances from MC Alma Bitches, Jaylene Tyme, Kendall Gender, Juice Boxx, Ruby Starlight, TODDY, Serenity Meadows, and more.

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As part of this year’s Together Again celebration, Vancouver Pride will be hosting a series of Pride events during Pride Week. The event schedule features:

  • July 26: Theatre Under the Stars’ We Will Rock You at Stanley Park at 7:30 p.m.
    As the official kickoff event for Vancouver Pride Week, the fourth annual Pride Night at Theatre Under the Stars invites audiences to enjoy a hard-rocking, high-octane production of Broadway’s We Will Rock You, celebrating Freddie Mercury and Queen’s iconic songbook.
     
  • July 29: Posh Ball 2022 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 6 p.m. to late
    Docking to a port near you, Van Vogue Jam is back for the 2nd annual POSH BALL, showcasing the best of the best in Vancouver’s Kiki Ballroom Scene. 50% of all ticket profits will be donated to the Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Foundation.
     
  • July 30: Comedy Here Often? at Rainbow Lounge at Ocean Arts Pavillion from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Laugh with Comedy Here Often? during this riotous comedy takeover, featuring the city’s most talented queer comedians.
     
  • July 31: AfroQueer at Beaumont Studios from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    AfroQueer YVR’s 4th annual Pride Sunday party, Vancouver’s only Black pride event, invites members of the Afro-diasporic, Indigenous, and Brown Queer communities to enjoy Black/African artistic expression through an all-Black DJ lineup, drag performances, West African and Caribbean treats, and more.
     
  • July 25 to 31: Drag Deliveries in the West End and Downtown Vancouver
    Meet the Vancouver Pride street team and your favourite local drag performers to test your knowledge of Pride trivia and win some free swag. Follow @vancouverpride on social to find out where in the city they’ll be next!
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Vancouver Pride Parade. MK Lee

To create safe spaces for gathering in celebration of Pride, Vancouver Pride will be popping up around the city in temporary patios and lounges, including:

  • July 22 to 24 and July 28 to 31: Rainbow Lounge at Ocean Arts Pavillion
    Take in the views and art and enjoy entertainment from local drag performers and musicians at Rainbow Lounge, Vancouver Pride’s first-ever activation on Granville Island.
     
  • July 28 to 30: Pride Neighbourhood Patio at Bentall Centre Plaza
    Delight in sips and snacks, live music, art installations, and drag performances, right in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
     
  • July 28 to 31: Vizzy Forest Lounge in Davie Village
    Be at the heart of all things queer as you enjoy an ice cold beverage and lounge-style entertainment featuring your favourite local drag performers and musicians.

Tickets for Together Again events go on sale June 30. Visit vancouverpride.ca/events for tickets and event information.