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Boldly Proud, Uniquely Burnaby: Embracing Diversity at the Burnaby Pride Festival

Now in its seventh year, Burnaby Pride has become a symbol of unity and acceptance, bringing together people from all walks of life. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as local breweries lend their support, a delightful picnic invites connection, a captivating youth movie night sparks inspiration, and, finally, the grand culmination on July 20th unfolds with the main celebrations taking center stage. Read on as we delve into the remarkable celebrations that make Burnaby shine with pride.

July 6 – Pride Community Picnic

Kicking off the Pride season in Burnaby is the Burnaby Pride Community Picnic, an event exclusively designed for 2SLGBTQIA+ families and individuals. Join Burnaby Pride on Saturday, July 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Maywood Park.

We’re delighted to announce that the Burnaby Neighbourhood House will be cooking up a storm for the Pride Picnic. There will be a selection of hot dogs (meat/veggie/Halal), and pop and chips will be available for a suggested donation of $3-5 (further donations are welcome!).

Entertainment Line-Up:

  • The Dimes (@dimes.entertainment): Bringing the best hits from the 50s to the 2000s, complete with costumes and choreography! Dance along to favorites from ABBA, The Supremes, Cher, Madonna, and more!
  • Mina Chan (@magical_minachan): A pianist and singer-songwriter whose fairy tale-inspired music sparks imagination and magic.
  • Tomaio: A cover artist and aspiring songwriter whose heartfelt music reflects their queer Filipinx experiences.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, cozy picnic blankets, and stay hydrated with water as we celebrate under the open skies. Mark this joyful occasion on your calendar, knowing that this extraordinary event comes at no cost, making it accessible to all. The Pride Community Picnic promises to create meaningful connections and foster a deep sense of unity within our vibrant community.

Credit: Burnaby Pride

Credit: Burnaby Pride

July 12 – Pride Plunge (EveryBODY Swim)

Join the Burnaby Pride on July 12th for the first All Bodies Swim! The Pride Plunge welcomes Two Spirit, trans, and gender-diverse individuals and their allies to enjoy a safe, fun, and inclusive swim environment with friends and family members. Due to the nature of this event, the time and location will be kept private. Information regarding the location and time will be provided via email once registration is complete – register here.

There will be prizes to win, music, socializing, and access to the pool facilities! For any questions or concerns about the event, please reach out to [email protected].

July 15 – Flag Raising @ Burnaby City Hall

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with us on July 15 at Burnaby City Hall! Join us at 1 p.m. for a vibrant Pride flag raising ceremony, marking the beginning of Burnaby Pride Week. Come together with the community as we honor and embrace the LGTBQIA2S+ community. Let’s stand united, spreading love, acceptance, and equality throughout our city.

July 20 – Burnaby Pride Festival

Be prepared for a dazzling display of talent, inclusivity, and celebration as Burnaby gears up for its highly anticipated Pride Festival on July 20 at the new location Bonsor Field. The event will feature a diverse lineup of live music, comedy, drag performers, interactive booths, activities and more. It promises to be a spectacular showcase of 2SLGBTQIA+ pride, featuring performances by renowned drag artists, including the iconic Batty Banks, Velvet Ryder, and Sophia Diamonds. With its picturesque setting and a lineup of incredible acts, the Burnaby Pride Festival at Civic Square is set to be an unforgettable day of joy, acceptance, and unity.

Beyond the remarkable drag performances, the Burnaby Pride Festival at Bonsor Field is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the rich diversity that makes Burnaby so special.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to connect with local 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations, community groups, and allies who are passionate about advocating for sexual health, equality, and promoting acceptance. Engage in meaningful conversations, learn about resources available, and build lasting connections within a supportive and inclusive environment.

Credit: Burnaby Pride

Credit: Burnaby Pride