The Vancouver Pride Society adopted a three-year theme of Educate, Liberate, Celebrate focusing on one of the three elements each year. In 2011, the focus is on Celebrate.
And celebrating is nothing new for Queer Vancouver, which has hosted numerous international events over the last decade - from Gay Games III & Cultural Festival in 1990 to the North American Outgames & Human Rights Conference in 2011 - all with great flare and fanfare. These celebrations and achievements have helped to make Vancouver one of the most progressive cities in the world in its attitude towards the LGBT community. Aside from its spectacular setting between ocean and mountain, there are ample reasons why Vancouver has one of the largest gay and lesbian populations in Canada.
The Vancouver Pride Society has multiple events during Pride Week, 23-31 July, culminating with the Pride Parade and Sunset Beach party on Sunday July 31st.
During this year's festival week, Vancouver is also hosting the North American Outgames, 25-31 July. The 2,000 plus athletes, spectators, performers and convention attendees which enjoy a spectacular closing ceremony on Saturday, and stay on for the spectacular parade along with the anticipated 700,000 spectators!
North America 2011 Vancouver Outgames
Saturday, July 30th 2011
The official closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2011 North America Outgames, Outeaspoonectacle, will be a gala event consisting of an assortment of live and visually stimulating entertainment. The midway point of the evening will see the final Human Rights presentations for outstanding achievement and the 2011 continental athlete of the 2011 North America Outgames.
Vancouver Pride Parade
Sunday, July 31st 2011
The Pride Parade is the largest one-day event in Vancouver. Rainbows fill the streets for the noon parade, starting along Robson Street and ending at the Sunset Beach festival site. The 150 parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups and more than half a million spectators. 125,000 people join us in the park, where there are 140 booths with a diverse range of products, services, and a private, beachfront beer garden.