You Better Work – a mini-guide to Vancouver Pride 2013

Vancouver recently painted the crosswalks at Davie/Bute Streets to display the city's diversity & pride. Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Rainbow painted crosswalks Davie/Bute Streets  Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Vancouver’s most colorful weekend is just around the corner. This year festivities for the 35th annual Vancouver Pride celebrations started on July 25 and last until August 5.

The annual weekend is full of street parties, performances, tournaments and dances for all generations and, of course, the milestone event: Vancouver’s pride parade.

This year’s Pride festival is expected to attract 800,000 visitors to our newly rainbow cross walk-bedecked city, according to a recent article in Business in Vancouver.

Here are few of my not-to-miss picks and a couple places you can find even more pride event listings.

Eleanor Rigby – Before Ellen DeGeneres there was Eleanor Rigby, a woman who struggled with questions of faith and sexuality in the 1940s. This cult hit play is a musical review featuring hits from Annie to Ani DiFranco. July 31 – August 3 at the Orpheum.

G(r)ay and Glammorus – Hosted by the QMUNITY, The West End Seniors Network, Haro Park Centre and Gordon Neighbourhood House this 55+ LGBTQ dance and social includes a glamour costume contest, snacks and a cash bar. August 3 at the Barclay Manor.

Photo credit: John Bello

Photo credit: John Bello

Davie Street Party – RuPaul once said, “We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag.”  Join the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five and America’s Next Drag Superstart Jinkx Monsoon on August 2 for a night of booty-shaking and stuff strutting on Davie Street. From Burrard to Bute Streets, the Davie Street Party will be 19+ while Bute to Broughton is an all ages area.

El Hangover: East Van’s Alley Fabulous Pool Party – The West End isn’t the only hood hosting the good times during Vancouver Pride 2013. Travel east to the Cobalt on Saturday, August 3 to dance in a tiki bar, cool off in a pool, visit the kissing booth or tie dye a t-shirt (no kidding). From 2:00-10:00 p.m. DJs Lisa Delux, Miss M and Trevor Risk will show us how they fly the rainbow flag in East Van.

Cutting Edges –Western Canada’s only gay men’s hockey club will host a hockey tournament at Hillcrest Community Centre. Canucks fans jonesing for some mid-summer,  on-ice action can head to the Hillcrest from August 1-3 to cheer on local and visiting hockey teams.

Chicks Ahoy/Chicas – Back in my waitressing days, I used to work at the annual Flygirl Productions party thrown at the Macaroni Grill on Davie. I’ve never had so much fun at work. This year, Flygirl is throwing two near/on the water : Chicks Ahoy – a boat cruise up Burrard Inlet and Chicas – Hot House of Hotties at the English Bay Boathouse. Grab a ticket and get ready to dance and imbibe.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast – each year the Vancouver Pride Society hosts a memorial breakfast in honour of the society’s founder Terry Wallance. From 8:30-11:00 a.m. on August 3 flapjacks will be flipped and served at Davie and Bute. Cost: free or by donation.

Photo credit: Miranda Post

Photo credit: Miranda Post

Pride Parade – One of the largest pride parades in the world, the parade attracts an average of 650,000 spectators. There are a number of grand marshalls at this year’s parade including Brockville, Ontario’s Brandon Timmerman who founded his city’s pride festivities at age 16 and Zdravko Cimbaljevic Montenegro’s “first out gay man” and the founder of its modern LGBTQ movement.  The parade starts at 12pm on Sunday, August 4.

For a full listing of pride events visit the Vancouver Pride Society or My Davie Village for more event listings.

What is your favourite part of Vancouver’s Pride celebrations? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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