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Parade and festivities highlight weekend celebrating Pride

August 1 2014

“The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is a world-class celebration of freedom, culture, and diversity, and one of Vancouver’s most cherished and best-attended events,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

People viewing Pride parade

Pride celebrations will be in full force this weekend with the annual Pride Parade and various festivities happening around the city.

“The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is a world-class celebration of freedom, culture, and diversity, and one of Vancouver’s most cherished and best-attended events,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Working together with the LGBTTQ community, we’re committed to ending homophobia and transphobia in all of their forms and to building a city that is louder, prouder, safer, and stronger. I would like to wish all of Vancouver a fun, fabulous, and happy Pride!”

Come see the City of Vancouver's float at the parade

Join us at the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 3, starting at 12:00 noon.

The City contingent will consist of staff from the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, and the Vancouver Public Library.

Parade route

In its second year as an officially designated civic parade, the Pride Parade:

  1. Begins at Robson and Bute
  2. Travels west on Robson to Denman
  3. South on Denman to Beach
  4. East on Beach to Jervis

How to get to the parade

There will be road closures and traffic delays along the parade route, so please walk, bike, or take transit to the parade.

Road closures

The following streets will be closed for the parade on August 3:

Street Closure time
1000-1100 Robson St (between Burrard and Bute) 7:00am to 2:00pm
700-900 Thurlow St (between Georgia and Nelson) 7:00am to 2:00pm
1100-1600 Robson St (between Bute and Denman)  10:00am to 3:00pm 
800-1200 Denman St (between Robson and Beach) 10:00am to 4:00pm
1300-1700 Beach Ave (between Denman and Jervis) 10:00am to 4:00pm

Robson and Denman streets will be reopened once the parade has cleared and the streets have been cleaned.

Rainbow-coloured lights, crosswalks, and picnic tables

New this year: Davie Street to be lit up in rainbow colours 

A stretch of Davie Street will be illuminated in rainbow colours as new decorative lighting is launched to mark Pride celebrations and provide ongoing ambience after the events.

About the new lights

The new energy-efficient LED lights are a permanent addition and will run between light standards along Davie between Burrard and Jervis streets.  

The lights can be programmed with a variety of colours to recognize and celebrate special events throughout the year, while also providing ambient lighting on the sidewalks to improve comfort and safety. When not marking a special event, the lights will be purple.

The decorative lighting is being installed in partnership with the West End Business Improvement Association and is part of the implementation of the West End Community Plan, a long-range strategy to guide positive change, development, and public benefits in the area.

Rainbow crosswalks and picnic tables at the heart of Davie 

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

Next to the rainbow crosswalks is the "Heart of Davie" Plaza, a pedestrian-only public space with picnic tables, each painted in a colour of the Pride flag.

Get more details on the Pride Parade and festivities

Visit the Vancouver Pride Society website

Learn more about the West End community plan

West End community plan

West End Community Plan

We created the West End Community Plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community. Learn more about the plan.