Our guide to the July 31st Pride Parade & Festival

The finale of Vancouver’s 2011 Pride celebrations is the annual Parade and Festival on Sunday, July 21, 2011 with over 600,000 spectators expected to line the parade route.  Here is all you need to know to get the most out of both of these events!

Vancouver Pride 2011Vancouver Pride Parade 2011

The Parade begins at Noon on Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 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.  Given past parades it is expected the parade will last for approximately three hours, with the final entry reaching the Sunset Beach Festival at approximately 3pm.  Be sure to get here early – with hundreds of thousands of 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 will begin at 8am along the parade route and will reopen at approximately 3pm.  Parking restrictions will also be in place.  It recommended you take transit rather than attempting to drive into the West End.

What to Bring

With summer finally (hopefully?) here to stay, 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 2011

Immediately following the parade, the festivities continue with the 2011 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. The afternoon festival stage will be hosted by Berend MacKenzie, Symone and Barb Snelgrove with live performances beginning at 2pm.  Expected to appear through the afternoon until 6pm are Clancy’s Angels, Summer Osborne, Black Parade Kings, The Bobbers, Ryan G Hinds, Matthew Presidente, Tyrell Witherspoon, MAOR & T.R.I.G.G.A., Troy Jackson, Sugarbeach, Kim Kuzma, Carol Jiani, Jeffery Straker and more.

In addition to the performances, some 125 booths will be on hand with a diverse range of products and services plus a beer garden featuring DJs Lisa DeLux, Jason Van and SHE.

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival
Sunday, 31 July 2011 – 11am to 6pm   

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

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