Welcome to the 20th anniversary of Pride week in Saskatoon! Yep. 20 years of Pride. It’s a pretty amazing thing.
I’ve only been attending for five or six years now… maybe seven. But even in that short a time, the leaps and bounds taken have been amazing. I remember it only being a handful of people out, but we are now seeing thousands of people every year – and the number is growing exponentially every year. It really is an amazing thing!
So, here’s a brief run down on a few of my favourite Pride events:
Picnic in the Park (formerly known as Family Day) – Sunday June 10th, 11:00 till 4:00 @ Kinsmen Park. Burgers and hotdogs available for $2, pop for $1. There are always lots of fun games for the kids, as well as face painting. And this year there will also be a softball game for the “grownups”. Bring a blanket, or just hang out on the grass. 🙂
Welcome to the Gaybourhood – Wednesday June 13th, 12:00 till 3:00 on 21st Street West between Ave C and D. Free Burgers and hotdogs. Free live music and performance art. This one is always a lot of fun – and I’ve been there every year since it’s first. Is this three or four now? LOL I can’t remember.
Mosaic Art & Fashion Show – Wednesday June 13th, 7:00 until midnight @ the Albert Community Center, 610 Clarence Ave S. Tickets are $15 at the door. This will actually be the first year I’ve attended this show. I’ve always wanted to, but the timing just never worked out for me before. And even better? I’ll actually be debuting several pieces from my Power of SHe project at the show. So you’ll definitely want to come out for this one. Lots of great art will be available for purchase (including mine).
Pride Parade and Community Fair – Saturday June 16th, 12:00 till 7:00 @ Victoria Park. The parade starts at 1:00 and the entertainment on the free stage will be starting up at about 2:15. Beer gardens, lots of vendors (both food and awesome wares), some fabulous community and non-profit groups will be there with info… It’s always an amazing time. So come on out! As this years Pride theme says, “OUT is IN!”
There are lots more events as well – these are just my personal “must attends”. You can get all the details at http://www.saskatoonpride.ca/. And remember: You don’t have to identify as a member of the acronym community to attend. Allies are HUGELY important, and everyone is welcome!
Well, here we are. The end of Pride week here in Saskatoon. It really is my favourite week of the year. A chance to make some new friends, and connect with those I rarely see the other 11 and 3/4 months of the year. Pride week fills me with hope, and I truly KNOW that things are getting better. Each year our numbers are stronger and our colours brighter. I look forward to the time when we can live PRIDE every day – and I know that it is coming.
Want to see my post post-parade last year? Here it is: Leave the Politics at the Door.
Being at the parade and fair in an official capacity was a new experience for me this year. As coordinator for Camp fYrefly I was there to set up our booth, organize volunteers, and get our group all set up to march in the parade. It was a lot of fun, but it meant we were there a lot earlier than we’re used to. And it also meant that I didn’t get to do my usual tour of tables. I kinda missed out on hunting down all the coolest stuff, and checking out all the latest from the fair vendors… which I confess, I do regret. And after the parade, the girlie had just had enough, so we weren’t able to stay till the end as I’d originally planned. Thankfully Derrick was there, and so graciously offered to man the table for the last couple of hours without me. I am sooo grateful for his help today. He was awesome!
The girlie was tired before we even arrived. She has her “sleepover night” with my parents every Friday… which meant she was up SUPER early today (they wake up WAY too freakin’ early at that house). So by 10:00 when we swung by to grab her, she was already several hours into her day (at home she wakes up about 8:30 or 9:00). So yeah… tired girl before we even got started – which made for a much harder day than I’d have liked.
Thankfully (because he was there to help with the girlie) this was Damon’s first year at the Pride Parade and Street Fair. He has always had to work the Saturday it was held, but this year, the start of his holidays coincided with the event. So it was a real treat to have him there. He’s not much for crowds, so I know he felt totally out of his element, but I appreciated that he came. I think he’d have loved Pride back in the day when there were only a couple hundred folk out. LOL
So… here are a few pictures. I’d hoped to grab a family photo with the three of us all in our Camp fYrefly gear: Lily-Ann in the dress I made, me in my altered t-shirt, and Damon in his… but, like I said: cranky girlie. LMAO And without being free to wander at will, pretty much all my photos were of the fYrefly crew. But I snapped away, just the same. 🙂
Well, it’s one of my favourite times of the year again. 😀 Pride Week! And today we headed down to Victoria park (beside the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon). It really was a fabulous event – even better than last years. Lots of great folks, great food, and great fun. There was tons of the kids to do too, which was really awesome. Here are a few pics:
It really is fun to just sit back and let the girlie go at an event like this. Where no one is a stranger, and we’re all there for the same reasons – to celebrate who we are. Fast friends, everyone. A fabulous, safe, and completely supportive environment. It really was an absolutely fabulous time. 🙂
Tomorrow it will be Gay Latte, and guess what?!?!? McNally Robinson is actually creating a special “gay latte” that will be served at the event. How fun is that? Prior to the event, yours truly (as a member of the Camp fYrefly team) will be hosting a press conference to discuss Camp fYrefly and how vital programming like ours is to youth today. Gay Latte will be in the cafe, and the media event will be in the alcove. Hope to see you there!
Yesterday was the official kick off to PRIDE week here in Saskatoon. It began at 6:30 with a flag raising at city hall, followed by the opening of an art show at Lydia’s. Today was family day at Kinsmen Park. Lots of stuff going on all week (will include a schedule of events below the picture for today). If you see me out and about, don’t hesitate to yell “Hey! Tobi-Dawne!”. 😀
It was nice to see Trae and Jaden out today, even though we didn’t get to visit for long. Boy oh boy has that boy grown. LOL I can’t believe how big he has gotten over the last few months. They were the only folks we recognized, however Lily-Ann was recognized by someone… and they figured if she was Lily-Ann, then I MUST be Tobi-Dawne.
So, here is the wee girlie – with her freshly painted up face.
PRIDE EVENTS still to come:
Gay Latte, a celebration of the written word – 6:30 on June 7th @ Prairie Ink Restaurant in McNally Robinson. No charge.
The Gayest Bingo Ever – 7:00 on June 8th @ Cosmo Civic Center. $20 for a 12 up book of cards.
Welcome to the Gaybourhood, block party & BBQ – 11:00 on June 9th @ Avenue Community Center on 21st Street West. No charge.
Movie Night at the Roxy – 7:00 on June 9th @ the Roxy Theatre on 20th. No charge.
Karaoke with Rock Bottom (80’s theme) – 9:30 on June 9th @ Diva’s. No charge.
Positive Passions Pint Crawl – 7:00 on June 10th starting @ Lydia’s. $20.
Amateur Comedy Night, hosted by Crystal Clear – 9:00 on June 10th @ Diva’s. No charge.
Positive Passions Martini Crawl – 7:00 on June 11th starting @ The Barking Fish. $25.
High Energy Drag Show – 10:00 on June 11th @ Diva’s. $5. The martini crawl will end here, so you can do both.
PRIDE Parade, Community Fair, Community Stage – 11:00 on June 12th @ Saskatoon City Hall. Free to attend (there will be drinks for sale).
Illuminate, the 2010 PRIDE Dance – 9:00 on June 12th @ the Odeon. $15.
Diva’s Annual PRIDE Wrap Up Dance – 8:00 on June 12th @ Diva’s. $5 for non-members, members are free.