Vancouver Pride Week is officially underway, with all events leading up to the largest pride parade in Western Canada: the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 5.
Attracting over 650,000 spectators annually, the Vancouver Pride Parade is understandably the most famous event in the week-long Vancouver Pride celebrations. But there’s another, no less fabulous, parade and festival happening the day before (on Saturday, August 4) dedicated to putting the spotlight on women: the 9th Annual Vancouver Dyke March & Festival.
Taking place in East Van at Grandview Park, the annual Vancouver Dyke March & Festival focuses on LGBTQ women but welcomes everyone: families, kids and allies. Along with the “Dyke March”, the festival includes a 19+ beer garden, kids’ area, community booths and vendors, local food vendors (including vegan options), and loads of live music on the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Stage.
The 2012 Festival music line-up includes:
- DJ Kasha Kennedy
- Neptune at Night
- Screaming Queens
- The Boyfriends
- Fake Mustache Drag King Troop
- Hot Panda
- Eirene Cloma
- That Girl With The Dark Eyes
The “Dyke March” starts at 11:30am at McSpadden Park (E 5th Ave at Victoria Dr) and marches down Commercial Drive, arriving at Grandview Park (Charles St at Commercial Dr) at 12pm. The Festival follows, running until 5pm.
The free Vancouver Dyke March & Festival happens Saturday, August 5, 2012.