The Surrey Pride Society celebrates 15 years of Pride in Metro Vancouver’s second largest city.
Formerly the OIS Rainbow Cultural Society, the Surrey Pride Society has evolved from its humble beginnings at a local community hall in 1999. Today, Surrey Pride includes a number of events during the week, all leading up to the Pride Festival at Holland Park on Sunday, July 6.
Officially proclaimed Surrey Pride Week by the City of Surrey, this year’s events include:
Bowling for Pride (Thursday, July 3)
This first annual Pride bowling challenge takes place at Dell Lanes (10576 King George Blvd) where ten bucks gets you shoes, unlimited pizza and, of course, bowling.
Court Kickoff to Surrey Pride Show (Saturday, July 5)
Emperor X Mr. David Cook and Empress X Erica St. Asia Divine host this evening of drag performances under the theme of “What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud”. Held at Olympia Restaurant (10257 King George Blvd), the evening includes dancing between the drag numbers plus raffles and draws to support Surrey Pride and its charities.
Surrey Pride Festival in Holland Park (Sunday, July 6)
The week of celebrations ends with the annual Festival in Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Road). A fun family event, the afternoon will include entertainment, vendors, a kid’s zone and food. Confirmed musical guests include Sugarbeach, Norine Braun and Matthew Presidente.
You can find out more about Surrey Pride 2014 or the Surrey Pride Society online at http://surreypride.ca.
Photo by Mary Sheridan: Surrey Pride 2013.