This weekend is the Pride Parade in Vancouver! August 2nd to be exact for those of you who would like to take in the festivities. I have attended in the past and it was one of the most colourful events I have EVER attended. The ‘Cher‘ quality costumes are eye candy for the fashion lovers out there! What I loved most was that everyone was having the time of their life and living their lives authentically and so out the closet they were in the front yard !!
The Vancouver Pride Society is proud of their theme for the 2009 to 2011 Pride seasons: Educate, Liberate, Celebrate.
Thirty one years ago, a group of brave individuals took to the streets of Vancouver. This was a march to educate Vancouverites that the LGBT Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) was here. They are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, next-door neighbours and colleagues. They are as much a part of the diversity of this amazing city as all the other cultures. The march was met with opposition and resistance, but that did not deter these brave leaders of our community.
Pride celebrations across the country have become a gathering of people from all walks of life. This is a time when their diversity is celebrated openly. This celebration is a place where people can come and express themselves freely without fear of retribution. A place for people to feel PROUD!
If you have never attended a Pride event in the past then there is no better time than this weekend. All you really need to bring is a smile 🙂 !