Vancouver Pride is one of the largest parades in North America and enters its 39th year for 2017, celebrating all things LGBTQ.
With an annual attendance of over half a million people, Vancouver's Pride Parade is one of the most exciting events on Vancouver's social calendar. The first pride parade in Vancouver took place in 1978 and was a peaceful protest through the streets; a far cry from the vibrant celebrations that take place today.
Starting from Robson Street at Thurlow Street, the parade loops around on Denman street to finish at the Sunset Beach Festival site, where the celebrations continue. Whilst the parade might be the undisputed main event of Vancouver Pride, The Sunset Beach Festival includes performances on the main stage, alongside the Pride Market, drag performers and speakers.
The days leading up to the Pride Parade are packed full of events which celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life and culture in the city. From the Davie Street Dance Party (Vancouver's main LGBTQ hub) to the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast (honouring the Vancouver Pride Society's founder) and a whole host of other events and activities, Vancouver Pride really is just one big party.
With a buzzing atmosphere and more rainbow paraphernalia than you could ever wish for, Vancouver Pride is one of the biggest celebrations of diversity and acceptance on the West Coast.
Don't forget your glitter. There's half a million people here to impress.
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