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Guide to Pride 2019

Posted on June 6, 2019

Pride month is here and Victoria's Pride Week takes place from June 30 to July 7. As always, the Victoria Pride Society has so much to enjoy - hence this handy-dandy “Guide to Pride 2019”! Here are a few free highlights the Victoria Pride Society hosts during Pride Week:


Youth Pride Kick-Off Party 

June 22 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

LGBTG2* and ally youth 18 and under are invited to come be part of this free event featuring music, food, beverages, crafts, a Drag Makeup Workshop and more. The night will finish off with a variety show of both youth and seasoned performers.


The Annual Memorial Dragball Game

July 1 | 12:00–3:00 p.m. | Vic West Ballpark 

See Kings and Queens battle it out on a baseball diamond in moustaches and heels! Bring a picnic and take in the bedazzled entertainment starting at noon on July 1 at the Vic West Ballpark.


Victoria ProPride: Allyship in Action

July 3 | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Fairmont Empress Hotel

A panel discussion presented by Pride at Work Canada and the Victoria Pride Society to define what knowledge and behaviours make employers effective allies to LGBTQ2* employees.


Big Gay Dog Walk 

July 5 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Beacon Hill Park

Gather and mingle with your furry friends! Join us on a big gay group dog walk, play some games, show off your style and check out the latest gear. And yes, you are welcome even if you don’t have a doggie companion of your own.

Big Gay Dog Walk Victoria Pride Week


Night Shift: Pride

July 6 | 8:00–11:59 p.m. | Royal BC Museum 

Show your colours and come celebrate at Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum, an event supporting Victoria Pride Week! Learn about the history of pride, enjoy a drink with your friends and dance the night away! Allies are welcome.


Pride in the Word

July 6 | 6:30 | Ambrosia Conference Centre 

Pride in the Word is one of Canada’s largest Pride festival literary events. Each year it showcases the proudest and most talented writers from Victoria and beyond. 


The 26th Annual Victoria Pride Parade 

July 7 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Downtown Victoria 

Watch over 100 floats and thousands of participants of all ages decked out in glittery outfits and some hot choreography in The Pride Parade as it winds its way from downtown to MacDonald Park, where the Pride Festival kicks off with vendors and live entertainment. The Pride Parade starts at 11a.m. and winds its way down Government Street to James Bay.

Insider tip: grab your spot on the parade route early to get the best view, then follow the parade to James Bay for a massive party in the park. 


The Pride Festival 

July 7 | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Macdonald Park 

Macdonald Park will fill with thousands of people to commemorate the end of Pride Week with a giant community celebration. The festival has a food court, beer garden, vendors, a kid’s camp and two stages with a variety of entertainment from drag to burlesque and live music.