Each year the Capital Pride festival provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations who work year round to build a more inclusive community. It also provides an opportunity to bring attention to barriers on the road toward true equality. This year is no exception.
Pride comes to Ottawa August 18-25 with the 2019 Capital Pride festival. Together with community organizations, Capital Pride has planned eight days of fun events. Organizers expect more than 105,000 participants.
There are Signature and Community events planned every day of Festival. Highlights include the TD Block Party, Wednesday, August 21 from 6pm - 9pm. This free family-friendly event offers live music and local drag performers. The Peptides, a local band known for its extravagant shows will entertain throughout the evening. The Party also features face painting, food trucks and a cash bar.
On Thursday, August 22, local drag performers compete for the titles of Ms. Capital Pride, Mr. Capital Pride and Mx. Capital Pride at one of the festival’s most anticipated events. Canada’s own RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Brooke Lynn Hytes will take center stage during a special performance and the 2018 reigning champions will be on hand to perform one final time.
The Youth Pride Prom takes place Friday, August 23 at the Sandy Hill Community Centre. Admission is free and is open to youth ages 25 and under. The night will feature outstanding DJs, live performances, an open mocktail bar and photo booth.
Once the weekend hits, The Rogers Street Festival is the centre of the action. Taking place Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 it puts over 65 community groups and organizations in the spotlight. The Bank Street Stage, at the corner of Bank and James Streets features fitness and yoga classes, local DJs, a youth showcase and an up-and-coming drag showcase.
The festival’s pride and joy is the annual Capital Pride Parade, kicking off Sunday, August 25 at 1:30pm from Bank and Gladstone. More than 170 organizations are walking, riding, dancing and driving in this year’s event. More than 65,000 are expected to line the streets during the capital’s most colourful parade.
Rogers TV will broadcast the parade for those who can’t make it in person. It will also be available online for the first time this year. Coverage begins at 2pm. August 18-25 is a week for Ottawa to take pride in creating opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people and respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region.
A full line of signature and community events is available online at capitalpride.ca