Our guide to the 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

The finale of Vancouver’s 2012 Pride celebrations is the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Pride Festival on Sunday, August 5, 2012.  With over 600,000 spectators expected to line the parade route and thousands expected at the Festival that follows, here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your day at Pride!

2012 Vancouver Pride Parade and FestivalVancouver Pride Parade 2012

The Parade begins at Noon on Sunday, August 5, 2012.  The parade starts at the corner of Robson and Bute Streets, heads west down Robson to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific and Beach Avenues, finishing at the Sunset Beach Festival site.

As with previous years, it is expected the parade will last for three hours, with the final entry reaching the Sunset Beach area at approximately 3pm. Be sure to get there early – with so many spectators anticipated you’ll definitely want to claim your best viewing spot well in advance of the start time.

Road Closures / Getting to the Parade

Street closures around the West End will begin at 7am and will gradually reopen through to approximately 5pm. Parking restrictions will also be in place. It recommended you take transit rather than attempting to drive into the West End on Parade day.

What to Bring

With summer finally here, 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

Vancouver Pride Festival 2012

Immediately following the parade, the festivities continue with the 2012 Vancouver Pride Festival at Sunset Beach.

With over 100,000 expected at the festival to take in the local and international entertainment this is definitely a part of Pride you don’t want to miss. In addition to the performances, enjoy the Pride marketplace and beer garden.

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival
Sunday, 4 August 2011 – 11am to 6pm

Visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca for more information.

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