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Pride Prep – Unfurl Your Freak Flag

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Vancouver’s Pride Festival. Running August 3-5th , this fabulous celebration of love, tolerance and the LGBTQ2+ community culminates in a glorious Sunday parade that snakes through the West End – Robson to Davie to Beach Avenue. Yes, it’s time for Pride weekend 2018!

Leading up to this are countless events organized by Pride Vancouver. We’ve distilled it down to a few unique experiences we think are worth checking out.

Vancouver Pride Queerprov Outstanding Comedy

Laugh

Genderless Benderless kicks off some Queerprov Outstanding Comedy shows, July 23, 30 & August 3 at 8pm @XY

Learn

Forbidden Vancouver presents The Really Gay History Tour. Walk through Vancouver’s Gay Neighbourhood and hear stories about Vancouver’s gay history including police raids, Granville Street’s “Kiss-in” and the gayest beer parlour in town. Tours happen everyday during Pride at 2 pm. For more information https://forbiddenvancouver.ca/

Shop

Get kitted out in your best Pride gear at the Pump-Jack, Pork-Pies, Pre-Pride, Party-Pump, Pop-Up Shop, July 26 @6pm at the Pumpjack Pub on Davie St.

Spice Up Your Life

On July 31st, Fresh Air Cinema screens Spice World at 8:50 pm at Second Beach, Stanley Park as a Pride Kick off event.

Make It Last Forever

After the movie, head to Celebrities #celebstues Pride 2018 Kick-Off for an epic evening of high energy fun.

Shante You Stay

Head to Pride@Parq on August 3rd for Cocktails, Canapes and Queens.  Kim Chi & Pearl, from RuPaul’s drag race, emcee activities while Berlin-based DJ Dickey Doo spins beats into the wee hours. Buy tickets here https://parqvancouver.showare.com/

It is that glorious time of year when telling someone to let their freak flag fly isn’t just a metaphorical piece of advice for authentic living, but rather a practical instruction for participating in Pride activities. Wear your rainbow colours and get out there and enjoy!

 

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