A look at events sched­uled for Pride Week

City show­cases its strength in di­ver­sity as Pride Week gets un­der­way Fri­day

Calgary Herald - - FRONT PAGE - ANNA JUNKER A full list of events dur­ing Pride week can be found at cal­gar­ypride. ca/events.

Be­fore the streets of down­town Cal­gary ex­plode in a sea of rain­bows on Sept. 2 for the 28th an­nual Pride Pa­rade, Cal­gar­i­ans can take in mul­ti­ple pride events dur­ing the Cal­gary Pride Fes­ti­val which kicks off Fri­day.

The event orig­i­nally be­gan as a small march of LGBTQ Cal­gar­i­ans — some of whom wore masks and bags over their faces to con­ceal their iden­ti­ties and pro­tect them­selves from per­se­cu­tion. But, it has grown to be­come the sec­ond-largest pa­rade in Cal­gary and one that show­cases the city’s strength in di­ver­sity.

On Sept. 2, the Pride Pa­rade, with more than 190 en­tries, will be­gin at 11 a.m. at 350 6 Ave S.E. and go un­til 1 p.m. How­ever, the fes­tiv­i­ties don’t end there as the party will con­tinue onto Prince’s Is­land Park with live mu­sic on the main stage and cold beers or cock­tails at the Vil­lage Brew­ery Beer Gar­den.

But first, the week-long party starts Fri­day with the rais­ing of the Pride flag at City Hall at noon. Here’s what else is hap­pen­ing around Cal­gary to help you get your pride on.

PRIDE TAIL­GATE WITH THE STAMPS

This tail­gate party pre­cedes the Stamps game against the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers at 1:30 p.m. The tail­gate will have a live DJ, face paint­ing and much more. Tick­ets to the game can be pur­chased with the promo code PRIDE and a por­tion of pro­ceeds will be do­nated to You Can Play and Cal­gary Pride. Get your game and pride face on! When: Aug. 25 — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: McMa­hon Sta­dium

PRIDE IN VIC PARK: TRANS & NON-BI­NARY 101 WITH JAMES DE­MERS

This all-ages event is a fun and in­for­ma­tional dis­cus­sion with James De­mers with OutReels Di­ver­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram all about trans and non-bi­nary gen­der iden­ti­ties. Top­ics in­clude lan­guage, ex­pe­ri­ence and tips for de­vel­op­ing your un­der­stand­ing of trans-iden­ti­fied people.

When: Aug. 28 — 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Me­mo­rial Park Li­brary

PINK FLAMINGO PRIDE PIN­BALL PARTY

En­joy pin­ball and great food and drinks at this event where you’re en­cour­aged to come as your “filth­i­est self.” The event is for those aged 18+ and costs $10, but lets you play games for free all night and comes with a raf­fle ticket to win “awe­some prizes.”

When: Aug. 29 — 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Pin-Bar

RE­VERSED RACISM — PRIDE YOUR­SELF

This event show­cases the voices and ex­pe­ri­ences of LGBTQIA2+ and black, Indige­nous and people of colour (BIPOC) that breaks the “tra­di­tional Cal­gar­ian mould of a pre­dom­i­nantly white-cen­tred space.” Be­fore the show, there will be a panel dis­cus­sion with some of the per­form­ers talk­ing about their ex­pe­ri­ences and an­swer­ing ques­tions. The event is 18+ with guest list online tick­ets at $10 and door tick­ets a sug­gested $15.

When: Aug. 30 — 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Where: Dick­ens Pub

FAB BEAR PRIDE

Party with the Fel­low­ship of Al­berta Bears, which pro­motes body pos­i­tiv­ity and all types of men, and cel­e­brate pride weekend at the Palomino Smoke­house for the fel­low­ship’s third an­nual BEEF bash. The so­cial night in­cludes a DJ and dance floor on the lower level with a full menu avail­able on both lev­els un­til 1 a.m. Cost for mem­bers is $10 at the door and $15 for non-mem­bers.

When: Aug. 31 — 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Palomino Smoke­house and So­cial Club

PURE PRIDE CAL­GARY STAR­RING KAMERON MICHAELS, MZ CRACKER & EU­REKA

For the 13th An­niver­sary of the Pure Pride Party in Al­berta, dance the night away with three of the top five queens from Sea­son 10 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The night will also fea­ture in­ter­na­tional DJ Pro­ducer Shane Stiel. The event is 18+ and costs $40.

When: Sept. 1 — 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: The Palace Theatre

GAVIN YOUNG/FILES

Cal­gar­i­ans take part in the Pride Pa­rade last year. There are more than 190 en­tries this year.

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