Your guide to the 2013 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

The finale of Vancouver’s 2013 Pride Week is the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Pride Festival on Sunday, August 4, 2013. With over a half million 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 Festival2013 Vancouver Pride Parade

The Parade begins at Noon on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the corner of Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue, finishing at the Sunset Beach Festival site.

As with previous years, it is expected the parade will last three hours, with the final entry reaching the Sunset Beach area at approximately 3pm. Be sure to get there early – 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 the forecast calling for sunny weather you’ll want to 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

2013 Vancouver Pride Festival & Market

Immediately following the parade, the festivities continue with the 2013 Vancouver Pride Festival & Market 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 2013

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