Next week is Ottawa’s 32nd annual Capital Pride Festival and I am thrilled to invite residents to partake in some of the inclusive LGBTQ+ events happening around the city!
Our LGBT members are an important part of our communities and Pride is the special time of year where they may celebrate their individuality, come together and have some fun in safe, inclusive spaces. From Bowling with the Bears to “Gaymer” Night to the Shine Your Light Youth Dance, A Family Picnic in the Park and a Human Rights Vigil, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
A flag-raising and proclamation ceremony will take place on August 21 at noon, at City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza. Rainbow flags will also be raised at the City of Ottawa locations:
- OC Transpo Headquarters at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, at 10 a.m.
- By-law and Regulatory Services Headquarters at 735 Industrial Avenue, at 9 a.m.
- Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters at 1445 Carling Avenue, at 9 a.m.
- Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters at 2465 Don Reid Drive, at 9 a.m.
- Ottawa Public Health and Community and Social Services Department at the Mary Pitt Centre on 100 Constellation Drive, at 10:45 a.m.
Then, of course, the annual Capital Pride parade will take place on Sunday, August 27, starting at 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, festival goers can enjoy the Capital Pride community fair on Bank Street, between Somerset Street West and Florence Street. Street closures in this area will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
I highly encourage all residents to come out and celebrate the diversity of our communities. Our right to express ourselves in whatever ways we identify is part of what makes being Canadian such an incredible thing. Let us take this opportunity to let our LGBTQ+ friends, family members, and neighbours know that we love and respect them.