Vancouver’s annual Pride festivities have kicked into overdrive—this week is packed with activities; check out the complete schedule here—which means only one thing: The 2010 Vancouver Pride Parade is right around the corner!
Though it began as a protest march in Davie Village in 1978, today’s Vancouver Pride Parade is as much an exuberant celebration of spirit and diversity—and an inspiration to LGBT communities around the world—as it is a political statement on human rights.
Spanning 20 blocks in downtown Vancouver and attracting over 300,000 spectators, the Vancouver Pride Parade is large, colourful, tongue-and-cheek, and—most of all—lots of fun. It’s an extravaganza, with floats, leather daddies, gorgeous drag queens, dykes on bikes, and more, and the crowd is always cheering and loving and totally into it.
While there are viewing points for the Parade all along the route, my favourite spot is on Beach Avenue and Jervis. That spot lets you catch the end of the Parade and then you can just walk down to Sunset Beach for the Vancouver Pride Festival, a continuation of the Parade festivities that lasts until 6pm and includes live music, local performers, food, and 125 booths.