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Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2017
Put it on your calendar! Gay Pride Parade and Festival in Vancouver, Canada, will be in July and August 2017. Two weeks before July 29th when the Pride Weekend starts, there will be lots of block parties, concerts, youth dances, fundraising run and a picnic at Stanley Park. Despite being an expensive place to live, the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade is a huge party so don’t miss it!
That above is the Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau! Vancouver has the largest gay population in Western Canada. They get to live in this gorgeous city with oceans and snow-capped mountains. The gay community is in two distinctly different neighborhoods. One is the West End and the other is Commercial Drive. They both have a big variety of coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, and boutiques all ready to cater to gays and lesbians who live there and who visit every year. So bring your most colorful costume if you want to be part of the festivities.
7 Things to Remember about the Vancouver parade
If this is your first time or your fifth time visiting, here are seven important things you should keep in mind about the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.
1. Pride Parade, August 6, 2017, 12 pm – 3 pm
2. The parade is part of Pride Week and is one of the biggest Pride celebration with over 150 entries in the parade and over 700,000 people attending. After the parade is the Pride Festival on Sunset Beach so be ready to party.
3. The Parade starts at Robson Street and Bute in Downtown Vancouver, then goes west on Robson to Denman Street, then south to Beach Avenue in the West End. It then ends at Sunset Beach, where the party continues with live music, dancing, beer gardens, and more (see below for more details).
4. Parking will be extremely difficult so it’s best to walk, take a bus, or take the train to Granville Station close to the parade’s beginning point. Space along the parade route will be hard to get so go early to get a good spot or just go to Sunset Beach where you can still see all the floats but it’s less crowded.
5. The West End is the best place to get accommodations that are near the Pride events. You can go to the Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver to find the best hotels but do it soon as they will be sold out fast.
6. Free! The parade and Sunset Beach Festival are free as are many other events such as Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium in Davie Village and who sells tickets to other Pride events. The Celebration of Light is a pyrotechnics competition at no charge and goes from late July to early August. Then there are the endless outdoor parties that are free.
Some Things to Do While in Vancouver
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs from June 1st to September 23rd this year. You can get season tickets on sale currently but the regular tickets won’t be available until in April. It takes place in Vanier Park on the waterfront. If you love a good play, you need to go see any one of the plays and to find out the schedule, go to bardonthebeach.org.
If you are planning a long vacation during Gay Pride, it would be a big treat to go see Canada on The Rocky Mountaineer train. It is the only luxurious way to travel by rail through the Canadian Rockies and across Western Canada. There are many tours that depart from Vancouver, the “gateway to adventure” including Alaska cruises from May to October. Whistler is just about two hours away with easy access by ferry or seaplane to Victoria on Vancouver Island. http://rockymountainholidays.com
A must go to is Stanley Park, just walking distance from city center. You can rent a bike or roller blades to go around the Seawall. Plus you can go to the Vancouver Aquarium and take a walk to Lost Lake that has all the hundreds of hundred-year-old trees with birds everywhere all around it.
Another beautiful place to go is Vancouver Chinese Gardens where it’s been said that 9 out of 10 visitors recommend that you take the time to go on a guided tour. If you need some time to relax, the Garden of Ease is a 45-minute guided tour that will enhance your experience in the Garden. Go to http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/things-to-do/tours/ to find out more.
If you’re a bike rider, exploring Vancouver’s many paths and bike routes will amaze you. Since the weather is good almost all year, biking is a great way to see the city with Stanley Park and then even as far as famous North Shore. Cycling is a great way to explore Vancouver and its natural beauty. If you want to go outside of the downtown core, it’s best to consult the City of Vancouver’s Bicycle Route Map & Guide to plan your route.
Don’t forget the parties! Last year Davie Street in the West End had a block party and this year should be the same as it has been for years. If you’re looking for some nightlife, that’s the place to go for the kickoff party to start the week of partying. From 4 pm to 6 pm, the party will be open to all ages and is free. After 6 pm you will need a ticket and be over age 19.
Expensive Real Estate to See
While you’re in Vancouver, how about checking out the real estate. Even if you don’t want to move there, it can be fun to see how other cities live and this one is well known as expensive. It’s actually the most expensive in Canada and North America. The average home costs around $750,000 in Vancouver. If you have ever been there, you can see why and may think it’s worth that much with its beaches and mountains close by and it’s mild weather.
Vancouver is one of the biggest technology-driven economies along with tourism and filmmaking. Sounds a lot like some big California cities but most likely with cleaner air. So after you have fun at the Gay Pride Parade parties, check out a few homes. You may just fall in love with Vancouver and stay despite it being such an expensive place to live. It sure would save on your travel expenses going to the Pride Festival every year!