Embracing Infinite Horizons: Vancouver Pride’s Vision for Canada Pride 2024

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Vancouver Pride kicks off July 26 to August 4!

Embark on a journey through new horizons and infinite possibilities in Vancouver this summer as the city hosts Canada Pride for the first time under the theme “Infinite Horizons.” The theme is a concept that goes beyond mere words; it’s a guiding principle, beckoning us to envision a future where the 2SLGBTQAI+ community of Canada flourishes without limitations.

The festivities for Canada Pride will kick off on July 26 with a vibrant opening ceremony in the heart of the Davie Village, where one of the two Pride lounges will be located. The second lounge will open later in the festival, situated on the iconic Granville Island—ushering in a joyous return of Pride to this beloved locale. The celebration will climax over the August long weekend with VanPrideFest, a two-day extravaganza at Concord Pacific Place. Saturday will dazzle with drag performances and DJs, while Sunday will reverberate with dynamic musical acts, keeping everyone dancing after the yearly Vancouver Pride Parade.

Over the span of 10 days, Vancouver will transform into a bustling stage for over 30 events, each offering its own unique flavour and energy to the city’s Pride celebrations. From uproarious comedy shows to mesmerizing vogue balls, pulsating dance parties, and iconic Indigenous-led programming, the festivities promise an array of experiences to delight everyone.

The festival won’t be confined to the lounges and festival grounds, as pop-up events will take over the city, ensuring that every corner is embedded in the festivities. At the heart of these events lies the vibrant Vancouver community, which serves as the curator and main collaborator of this diverse program. It’s a beautiful celebration that reflects the rich tapestry of the city’s culture and diversity. With something for everyone throughout the week, the culmination awaits at VanPrideFest on the final weekend—a moment where the entire community can get together to celebrate.

In addition to the excitement of hosting Canada Pride for the first time, Vancouver will also host its inaugural Queer Rights Summit. This summit will serve as a platform to amplify crucial conversations surrounding equity, justice, and the rights of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community, emphasizing the ongoing importance of advocacy and activism.

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“Infinite Horizons” encapsulates a profound call to action. It urges us to shift our focus beyond the immediate and towards the boundless potential that lies ahead. At its core, this theme champions inclusivity, acceptance, and celebration as the cornerstones of our collective journey. It challenges societal norms, advocating for the authentic expression of queer identities in a world where such expressions are often met with resistance.

Justin Khan, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Pride Society Board of Directors, emphasizes the resilience and strength ingrained within the 2SLGBTQAI+ community. He stresses the theme’s significance in reaffirming Vancouver Pride’s ongoing commitment to fostering inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment.

However, embracing “Infinite Horizons” isn’t merely about looking forward but also acknowledging and honouring the diverse spectrum of experiences and identities within our community. This year’s theme embraces the fluidity and diversity of gender identities, rejecting traditional binaries and celebrating the beauty of authenticity.

“Pride is a movement that allows us to gather, celebrate, and create change,” said Alicia Rose, AVP of Social Impact, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group, who is presenting as Sponsor of Vancouver Pride. “As 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to strive for progress, TD remains committed to our unwavering support to help to build an inclusive tomorrow.”

Justin Khan emphasized that despite strides forward, the 2SLGBTQAI+ community continues to face threats to safety and discrimination. He reiterates the imperative of coming together under the banner of “Infinite Horizons” to renew the commitment to creating a future where everyone can live authentically and without fear.

Vancouver Pride’s Canada Pride festivities promise to be a celebration of diversity, resilience, and unity. Join us on this journey toward a future filled with endless possibilities.

About Vancouver Pride

The Vancouver Pride Society aims to produce events that reflect the pride the 2SLGBTQAI+ community has in itself by strengthening the sense of togetherness and contributing to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of all persons who wish to celebrate.

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The Vancouver Pride Society aims to produce events that reflect the pride the 2SLGBTQAI+ community has in itself, by strengthening the sense of togetherness, and contributing to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of all persons who wish to celebrate.

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