Vancouver Pride introduces the new Davie Village Promenade

An evolution in entertainment, with an un-gated area that is free for visitors to use and bask in the open-air public space.

HomoCulture Triston Brewer

This article was published on July 9th, 2019

Davie Village Promenade is a new event spanning the entire weekend of August 2- 4, 2019, that offers something new and exciting for the entire community. Produced by the Vancouver Pride Society, the three-day event promises to be an evolution in entertainment in the area, with an un-gated area that is free for visitors to use and bask in the open-air public space. 

In a revamp this year that delves to take the event to the next level, Vancouver Pride Weekend offers a promenade designed to welcome the LGBTQ+ community in a public space that comes courtesy of $1 million in federal funding for the annual festivities through the Ministry of Tourism. This financial aid package is part of an incremental plan to revitalize Canada’s tourism industry and will provide enhanced accessibility services, volunteers, and trained staff through the first year. Additional funds are provided by several groups, including the QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous, People Of Color), all on hand for the entire Pride season. 

Throughout the festivities offered throughout the weekend, the entire Davie Village area will liven up courtesy of local artists dominating the scene with full-scale interactive pieces and eclectic performances to entertain the crowds. Visitors descending upon the area can enjoy lounging areas and picnic tables all around the streets as they mingle with one another and view live musical acts and artists during the day. 

Expect a great weekend filled with interactive art installations, live music, restaurants and foodie stations, plus an area designated on the Pride Patio for those over 19 to grab a cocktail. Headlining performers for the weekend include drag sensations Eureka O’Hara and Shuga Cain, both of which are hosting a meet n’ greet in the Davie Village Promenade on August 4 from 7:00-8:00pm. The two will headline the main stage at the Sunset Beach Festival before that from 4:00-6:00pm in a show that promises to be a visual and musical spectacle.

The weather will be inviting for the visitors, with plenty of sunshine expected and a host of restaurants offering international cuisine representing several nations. Foodies and cocktail enthusiasts also can enjoy the Pop-Up Pride Patio on Bute Street or take part in several locations offering Pride parties in the vicinity. For those that have never been in the area, a 2019 Pride Guide has been created. In it, questions about the weekend are answered by a staff that is knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ history. Plus, interested parties can take part in the literacy campaign sponsored by the Vancouver Pride Society booth in Jim Deva Plaza. 

Vancouver Pride Society is excited to welcome friends and family to mingle together and enjoy artwork, fine dining, mixology lounges, and more – all available at the Davie Village Promenade for the weekend. The mission of the event is to fully represent the members of the LGBTQ+ community and showcase one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. 

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