The Best of the Vancouver Pride Celebration
If you had any doubts about Vancouver's progressive and diversity-friendly attitude, the Vancouver Pride Parade and celebration will heartily put them to rest. What started as a courageous and peaceful protest in 1978 has become one of the most grandiose, spirited and outspoken celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride anywhere.
More than 650,000 participants from all walks of life turned out last year, and this year is expected to be as big if not bigger. So if you're interested in taking part in Vancouver's most visually exciting and rainbow-bedecked spectacle of the year, plan to make it to this feel-good festival in 2014, and read our guide below for a recap of the best of 2013's Vancouver Pride celebration. *The 2013 Pride Parde and Festival is now over. Check back for more information as we near the 2014 Pride Parade and Festival set to take centre stage on Sunday, August 3rd, with various festival events, parties and more taking place in the weeks leading up to the big date!*
Where to find out more:www.vancouverpride.ca
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Where to get tickets:
Many Pride events are free (including the parade and Sunset Beach Festival). Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium, a famous bookseller in Davie Village specializing in LGBT literature, provides sales for ticketed Pride events.
Where to stay:
Vancouver has plenty of gay-friendly lodging. Search here for TAG-approved (Travel Alternatives Group) hotels that meet gay-friendly standards and criteria.