Summer Snapshot: 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival preview

Photo credit: John Biehler | Flickr

Each summer, Vancouver hosts the biggest Pride parade in Western Canada: Hundreds of colorful floats and more than a half-million spectators jam downtown streets to cap off a weekend of street parties, beer gardens and summer fun.

Details are already being released, and this year’s festival is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ever.  The 34th installment of the summer classic features a full line-up of Pride-themed events, culminating in the parade Aug. 5.  Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you early planners out there: Continue reading:
Summer Snapshot: 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival preview

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, July 29-31

Vancouver Pride Parade 2009

When 650,000 people line the streets of downtown Vancouver this July 31 for the city’s 33rd annual Pride parade, it won’t just be a great party.  It will also be a profound political statement.  Homosexuality is still illegal in nearly 80 countries and punishable by death in seven of those, according to the Vancouver Pride Society.  Even in Canada, where gay marriage has been legal since 2005, the fight for recognition of gay rights and lifestyles continues to this day.

All of which makes the Vancouver Pride Parade – the largest in Western Canada – that much more special.

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Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, July 29-31

Vancouver Gears up for the 2011 North America Outgames: July 25-31

Opening Ceremony - World Outgames 2009

The countdown begins.  The largest LGBT sporting event of 2011 will descend on Vancouver next month, when 3,000 athletes come to town to participate in 18 different sports as part of the North America Outgames.

Started in 2006 to celebrate LGBT athletes and culture, the Outgames are open to all participants, regardless of sexual orientation.  Anyone can take part, regardless of experience, and competitions are arranged according to skill level.

Sports range from traditional activities, including softball, swimming, tennis and track and field, to less conventional offerings, such as dragon boat racing, ten-pin bowling and poker.  There’s even a 4-kilometer recreational walk planned in picturesque Stanley Park.   Early bird registration for athletes is going on now, with entry fees as low as $15.

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Vancouver Gears up for the 2011 North America Outgames: July 25-31