Kelowna pride - loud, proud

Kelowna's 11th annual Pride celebration kicks off this weekend.

A fun-filled week of events and activities for the LGBT2Q+ community and allies begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 18. 

This years theme is Pride in Diversity. 

“As Canadians, we may all share the same legal rights, but discrimination still happens every single day, and not only based on sexual identity,” said spokesman Dustyn Baulkham,

"As a cis-gender, gay white male, I recognize that I have a lot of advantages that are not equally shared with all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer community. Kelowna has come a long way in the past few years in terms of diversity, but we still have a very long way to go until we are truly a diverse and accepting community."

In recent years, the most popular event of the week has been the Pride March and Festival, which takes place Aug. 18, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who would like to participate in the march should meet at Stuart Park at 12:45 p.m.

The march will make its way through Waterfront Park and end near Tugboat Bay, where there will be a variety of vendors, kids' activities and live entertainment until 8 p.m.

To find all event details and buy tickets, click here

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