With the Vancouver Pride celebrations quickly becoming a mere memory, another group in the Lower Mainland are just getting started with New West Pride 2011 set to kick-off on August 11, 2011.
Thursday, August 11
Starting off the four day event is a free Pride Kick-off Party featuring Kate Reid at the Coming Home Café (753 – 6th Street) from 7pm to 9pm.
Friday, August 12
Friday sees a Stonewall Party and Show hosted by Amanda Luv’s Diva Girls in the Backroom of the Heritage Grill (447 Columbia Street). Featuring shows at 9:30pm and 10:30pm, the evening runs from 8pm to 1:30am and will also include 50/50 and raffle draws and a silent auction. $10 at the door.
Saturday, August 13
This full day of activities starts with a Pre-Pride Brunch back at the Coming Home Café from 8am to Noon followed by the Hills and Heels Fundraiser at 12:30pm. The fundraiser, to benefit the Royal City Pride Society and Lookout Emergency Aid Society, will see participants walking in their heels from the Starbucks at 6th and Columbia up the hill to New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue) for the Pride Proclamation at 12:45pm.
Tipperary Park (4th Street and Royal Avenue) is the scene for the main event of the day, New West Pride 2011: Follow the Rainbow. Featuring a great line-up of entertainment from 1pm to 5pm, the entertainment includes music from Sugarbeach, Faceplant and Matthew Presidente, all hosted by Barb Snelgrove.
The Gay BBQ Fundraiser then runs from 4pm to 7pm at The Met Hotel (411 Columbia Street) followed by the Pride Dance Party at The Heritage Grill from 8pm to 2am with spotlight drag performances at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and Midnight.
Sunday, August 14
Featuring a Pride Brunch at The Boathouse at Inn on the Quay from 10:30am to 12:30pm, Sunday also concludes the festivities with a Wrap-up Party back at the Coming Home Café from 4pm to 9pm.
2011 New Westminster Pride: Follow The Rainbow
August 11 – 14, 2011
Visit http://www.royalcitypridesociety.com for more information.