Aug 24

Show your PRIDE downtown!

by Downtown Calgary · 1 comment

The 27th Annual Calgary Pride kicks off August 25 and runs through September 4, 2017. Whether you are gay, straight or on the fence, Pride is a great time to show your support and have some fun.

With a new home in Prince’s Island Park and more festivities throughout the downtown, there are plenty of opportunities to show your support and your pride!

Calgary Pride exists to promote a very important message – equality and acceptance of Calgary’s LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Ally) community.  Thank God for acronyms, cause that’s a mouthful!

“Our city, free from discrimination against gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.” 

There are a number of great events coming up between August 25-September 4, 2017 to celebrate that diversity!  Below are some of the highlights, click here for a full schedule of events happening in downtown and throughout the city at calgarypride.ca.

Pride Patio Party

Join Hyatt Regency Calgary in celebrating our city’s diversity, inclusion and equality Thursday afternoon’s on our Sandstone Lounge Patio. Featuring a live DJ set (4:00PM – 8:00PM) by Girls On Decks DJ Molly Fi. Thursday, August 24th and 31st. 4:00PM til late with NO COVER. Drink & Appetizer Specials Come and try our exclusive LGBT+ influencer cocktails We are proud to be named Calgary Pride Host Hotel for the fifth consecutive year!

Date: August 24 and 31, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 11:50pm
Location: Sandstone Lounge Patio, Hyatt Regency Calgary

For more information, check out their Hyatt Regency Calgary’s event, Pride Patio Party, on Facebook.

Wrong Kind of Girls – 3rd Annual Pride Show!

The Wrong Kind of Girls are back!

Your favourite queer feminist ukulele comedy band has been busy with appearances at The Coming Out Monologues, CIFF, Heart of Excellence Awards, and opening for the likes of Rae Spoon, Margaret Cho, plus their premiere holiday show Wrong For The Holidays, and their latest Feeling Indoorsy concert at Festival Hall! The Wrong Kind of Girls are here and queer, with original songs and ukuleles in hand, ready to entertain you for a third year in a row.

With original songs ranging from birth control and lesbian stereotypes, to the perils of dating and queer anthems, the songs are sure to get stuck in your head and in your heart. Featuring new material and old favourites, Third Time and Still Not Charming will have you laughing, groaning, and singing along.

Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: John Dutton Theatre, 616 Macleod Trail SE

For more information on the show and how to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook event Wrong Kind of Girls – 3rd Annual Pride Show!

Pure Pride Calgary Starring: Sasha Velour & Shea Coulee

Live Nation is proud to present the official party of Calgary Pride and the Biggest Sexiset Pride event in Calgary Pride history! This party has sold out the last 5 years in a row so make sure you get your tickets.

Date: September 2, 2017
Time: 9:00pm – 2:00am
Location: The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW

For more information about Pure Pride, the event and how to purchase tickets, visit the Pure Pride Calgary Starring: Sasha Velour & Shea Coulee Facebook event.

Image Source: Calgary Pride, 2017

Calgary Pride Parade

The signature Calgary Pride Parade is one of the most colourful celebrations of the year! This family friendly parade sees upwards of 60,000 spectators as over 150 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians, churches and public services roll through the heart of downtown, and celebrates the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community. This event is free.

Date: September 3, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Downtown Calgary (click on Calgary Pride Parade 2017 to view the map of the parade or view below.)

Pick up a free flag in celebration of Pride at WINNERS at Stephen avenue Walk, 128 8th Avenue SW locations (while quantities last)

Image Source: amatravel.ca, 2017

Pride in the Park

Join us for one of Calgary’s largest FREE outdoor cultural celebrations, immediately following the Pride Parade. Enjoy live music on the main stage, activities for youth and children in the family zone, a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the Village Brewery Beer Gardens, or get better acquainted with the local community as your browse the marketplace.

Date: September 3, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Prince’s Island Park

Bagelinos Rainbow Bagels

order yours online so you don’t miss out. They will be available for the Pride festivities starting on Friday, August 25.

Bagelinos, 809 7 St. S.W., 403-265-2188, bagelinos.com

If you know of any other events and activities happening downtown to celebrate our city’s diversity, contact us at getdown@downtowncalgary.com.

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