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Celebrate with Pride this weekend in Vancouver

July 30 2015

"The City of Vancouver is proud to stand with the LGBTQ2+ community in celebrating Pride, and continuing our work together to end homophobia and transphobia in all of their forms," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Pride flag

37th Pride Celebration in Vancouver

The celebration will be highlighted by the annual parade and various festivities throughout the city this weekend – expected to attract over 650,000 people.

“Vancouver is home to one of the largest Pride Parades in the world. It’s a remarkable celebration of our city’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion; and an inspiring tribute to hard-fought progress in the LGBTQ2+ community’s work to secure equal rights,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“The City of Vancouver is proud to stand with the LGBTQ2+ community in celebrating Pride, and continuing our work together to end homophobia and transphobia in all of their forms. On behalf of a proud city and my colleagues on City Council, Happy Pride!”

"Gender Superheroes" Pride Parade on August 2

The Vancouver Pride Parade will be on Sunday, August 2 starting at noon.

The theme selected for this year’s parade is Gender Superheroes. The theme was chosen to reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community and the need for people to have role models that reflect and inspire.

The parade was granted civic status in 2013.

Once again, we will have a float in the parade with representation from the:

  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Vancouver Fire & Rescue, Services
  • Vancouver Ambulance Services
  • Chiefs of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations
  • Vancouver Park Board
  • Vancouver Public Library

Our float will be themed “Van Proud” in support of our LGBTQ2+ community.

Various road closures will be in effect in the West End for the Pride celebration over the weekend, most notably the Pride Parade. Walk, bike, or take transit to the parade. 

View parade route

In the heart of Davie Village, Vancouver’s iconic rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute streets, Canada’s first permanent ones, will be refreshed with a cleaning prior to the Pride Parade.

For more information on Pride festivities and the parade, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website External website.

Keep safe during the festivities

It's expected to be hot this Pride weekend so stay hydrated, check on others, and be on the lookout for people who may suffer due to heat. Symptoms of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion include thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting.

Get tips on staying safe in hot weatherv