The finale of Vancouver’s 2016 Pride Week is the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Pride Festival on Sunday, July 31. With thousands of spectators expected to line the parade route and thousands more expected at the festival that follows, here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your day!
2016 Vancouver Pride Parade
The Parade begins at Noon on Sunday, July 31 at the corner of Robson and Thurlow Streets, it then heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue, and finishes at the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach. You can see the parade route in the map below.
As with previous years, it is expected the parade will last three hours, with the final entry reaching the Sunset Beach area at approximately 3:00 pm. Be sure to claim your spot early as it can get very crowded along the parade route.
Road Closures / Getting to the Parade
Street closures around the West End (Robson, Denman & Beach) begin at 7:00 am and will gradually reopen at approximately 3:00 pm. Parking restrictions will also be in place. It recommended you take transit rather than attempting to drive into the West End on parade day. Bike valet is available at Sunset Beach by donation.
What to Bring
With the forecast calling for sunny weather you’ll want to be sure to bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated as well as sunscreen and a hat! Also be sure to bring your loose change and watch for the Pride Society Toonie Brigade as they make their way along the parade route collecting donations to help pay for all the festivities!
The Parade Route
2016 Vancouver Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach
The festivities continue with the Vancouver Pride Festival at Sunset Beach beginning at 11:00 am. Thousands expected at the festival to take in the entertainment as well as the Pride marketplace and beer garden.
For more information on the Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca.