The 2014 Vancouver Pride Week comes to a close on Sunday, August 3 with the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival. With over a half million expected to line the streets for the parade and thousands expected at Sunset Beach, here is everything you need to know to get the most out of the day.
2014 Vancouver Pride Parade
The Vancouver Pride Parade kicks off at Noon on Sunday, August 3. The parade starts at the corner of Robson and Thurlow Streets, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and then to Beach Avenue where it finishes near the Sunset Beach Festival site (see map below).
The parade is once again expected to take three hours from start to finish, with the final entry arriving at Sunset Beach at approximately 3pm. With over 500,000+ expected to watch the parade, you’ll definitely want to claim your spot early. Be sure to bring your hat and plenty of water and sunscreen as the weather is expected to be hot and sunny.
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 along the parade route.
Getting to the Parade
Given the street closures and parking restrictions, it is highly recommended that you take transit rather than attempting to drive into the West End on parade day.
Watch the Parade Online
Can’t get to the parade in person? For the first time, the Vancouver Pride Parade can be seen live online.
The Parade Route
2014 Vancouver Pride Festival and Market
Following the parade you’ll want to make your way to Sunset Beach for the annual Vancouver Pride Festival and Market that runs until 6pm. Take in the live entertainment on the main stage and visit the 100+ community, non-profit and artisan exhibitors in the market. There will also be a 19+ beer garden with DJs throughout the day. New this year is a family picnic zone at Jervis and Beach, with street food and cool beverages and kid-friendly activities.