This week in (gay) Vancouver: it’s all about Pride (Part II)

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Let the party begin! Vancouver Pride 2014 is now underway and it will come as no surprise our picks again this week all have to do about our community’s biggest celebration of the year.

The Rio Theatre is the place to be for Trans Youth Night (Jul 29) hosted by Pride parade grand marshal Gwen Haworth and musical guest Kieren Strange.

Concrete Vertigo teams up with Vancouver Pride for Vixens in Wonderland (July 31), a burlesque review featuring a collection of numbers from past Concrete Vertigo shows and their upcoming Vixens of Wonderland show.

New this year is the Trans & GenderQueer Celebration and Liberation March (Aug 1) on Commercial Drive.

Pride Weekend officially kicks off with the Davie Street Block Party (Aug 1) taking over the gay village from Burrard to Jervis.  Included this year are two blocks of all-ages community fun centered around the Bute Plaza rainbow crosswalks, plus the return of the beer garden and main stage entertainment.

Come out and celebrate one of the founders of Vancouver Pride at the annual Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast (Aug 2) with by-donation proceeds going to support the Pride Society.

The 11th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival (Aug 2) that begins at East Vancouver’s McSpadden Park for a march along Commercial Drive to a day of celebration at Grandview Park.

The big day comes on Sunday as the Vancouver Pride Society hosts the 36th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade (Aug 3) starting at Noon.  The parade route, which is expected to attract a crowd of over 600,000 people starts at Thurlow and Robson Streets, traveling along Robson to Denman, and then along Beach Avenue to Sunset Beach.

The festivities continue at the Sunset Beach Beach Pride Festival and Market (Aug 3) with over one hundred exhibitors, a beer garden and live main stage entertainment all day long.  New this year is the Pride Festival Family Picnic Zone.

The Pride Youth Dance (Aug 3) returns to the West End Community Centre for an evening of dancing and clean fun exclusively for youth under 25.

Want to celebrate Pride clean and sober?  Celebrate at Untoxicated (Aug 3) in a drug and alcohol-free environment with dancing and entertainment.

The Lux Lounge is host location for the Official Pride After Party (Aug 3) with DJs and the requisite drag performances.

Want to find out about all the other events that are happening during Vancouver Pride 2014?  Download the official Vancouver Pride App or check out the Official 2014 Pride Guide online.

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