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, 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!