The 37th annual Edmonton Pride festival will return to Old Strathcona from June 9-18. The pride parade on June 10 at 11 a.m. is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators. This year’s parade grand marshal is the Edmonton two spirit community, a group that has often been underrepresented in the LGBTQ+ community. After the parade, the main festival will take place in End of Steel Park and Strathcona Park until 6 p.m. with vendors, activities, live music and the popular beer gardens.
Other events throughout the festival week have been expanded this year, including the glammed up Pride Awards night on Thursday, June 8 featuring local burlesque and drag acts; a Friday night all-ages movie night featuring the documentary Two Soft Things Two Hard Things; and a family BBQ on Sunday June 11 with petting zoo and a bouncy house. The Pride festival will continue until June 18 with community groups providing many different experiences to festival-goers.
Pride 2017 is going to be the most inclusive, diverse and engaging in Edmonton Pride history,” says Festival Co-Chair Alyssa Demers; “I am excited to see the execution of a truly community led and supported festival that showcases the many identities and intersections of our LGBTQ2S+ community in Edmonton.
A full list of events and more information can be found at https://www.edmontonpride.ca/edmonton-pride-festival-2017
Pride Flag Raising at City Hall
Join the festival on June 8, 2017 for the raising of the Pride flag at City Hall. Mayor Don Iveson will be in attendance to remark on Pride in Edmonton. Boyd Whiskeyjack will be speaking about the involvement of the Edmonton two spirit community and Festival co-chair Alyssa Demers and Communications Officer Stephanie Dickie will be available for interviews and questions regarding the 2017 Edmonton Pride Festival.
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall
His Worship, Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton
Alyssa Demers, Edmonton Pride Festival
Stephanie Dickie, Edmonton Pride Festival
Boyd Whiskeyjack, Edmonton two spirit community representative
The Edmonton Pride Festival Society endeavours to unify and educate by celebrating gender and sexual diversity through a sustainable annual festival and year-round community outreach within our Capital Region. Since the first Edmonton pride walk in 1980, the Edmonton Pride Festival has grown to be on of the largest pride festivals in Western Canada, and one of the largest festivals in Edmonton. The Society is run by a volunteer board of directors, a small staff, and is supported by hundreds of wonderful volunteers.
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Edmonton Pride Festival Society