Rainbows Coming to Nanaimo – Pride Week

NANAIMO PRIDE WEEK  June 8 – 12, 2016

We are excited to share the schedule for Nanaimo Pride Week 2016, our 19th pride celebration! Our schedule has expanded this year to include an event showcasing Queer Youth, a Pet Parade, a Pride Parade, and the Festival in the Park. We can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces celebrating Pride 2016. Don’t miss this year’s rainbow crosswalks, with many, many thanks to the City of Nanaimo!

Flag Raising

Wednesday June 8, 2016 at 6pm, Nanaimo City Hall Grounds

The event that begins Nanaimo Pride Week, and kicks off West Coast Pride! Stand with dignitaries, Nanaimo Pride representatives, and community members as the rainbow flag is flown over City Hall and the Pride Declaration is read. Entertainment to follow. Join the Flag Raising event on Facebook!

Youth Voices of Pride
Friday June 10, 2016 at TBD, Nanaimo District Secondary School Gym

An evening with two parts — a performance showcasing the unique voices of our queer youth, followed by an exclusively 18 and under dance! Entry to the performance is free for all youth 18 and under, and by donation over 18 at the door. Join the Youth Voices of Pride event on Facebook!

Pet Parade
Saturday June 11, 2016 at 11am, Maffeo Sutton Park

All furry and feathered pets along with their owners are invited for a parade around the waterfront. Contests, prizes, food, and fun in this all-ages, family friendly event. Pets must be pre-registered to participate. Join the Pet Parade event on Facebook!

Pride Dance
Saturday June 11, 2016 at 8pm, Pleasant Valley Hall

DJ Teresa will be heating up the dance floor for this year’s tropical theme! Door prizes, snacks, entertainment, and a photographer on location. This an an adults only (19+) event — $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. It is highly recommend to reserve your ticket in advance, as this event sells out quickly! Join the Pride Dance event on Facebook!

Pride Parade
Sunday June 12, 2016 at 12pm, Downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo’s first Pride Parade! The parade route will wind through the streets of downtown Nanaimo, continuing along Front St, and ending just before Maffeo Sutton Park. A complete map of the parade route: !  Join the Pride Parade & Festival event on Facebook!

Festival in the Park
Sunday June 12, 2016 at 1pm, Maffeo Sutton Park

As the parade ends, the festival in the park begins! Something for everyone of all ages — a play area for the little ones, food trucks, beer garden, main stage entertainment, vendors, and more. Admission to the grounds is free. Join the Pride Parade & Festival event on Facebook!
http://www.nanaimopride.org/events.html  **Please be aware that the times for each event may still change, so be sure to check back often.

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