This article was published on July 24th, 2021
In 2021, Vancouver Pride is back in a major way, and now through August 2, there are celebrations throughout the city virtually as well as in person at parks, bars, restaurants, and other curated venues in the city. With COVID-19 restrictions easing across Canada since the beginning of July, there is a lot of excitement to celebrate in-person at Canada’s second largest annual Pride event, and Fairmont Hotels are offering special accommodation packages, culinary and beverage offerings that will support the Vancouver Pride Society. HomoCulture is here to provide extensive coverage of everything you need to get the most out of this year’s Vancouver Pride.
The Mission of Vancouver Pride Society
Set to be the largest Pride celebration in Canada in 2021, the Vancouver Pride Society is coordinating events, drag shows, picnics, and a slew of other activities to participate in for those that are looking to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The mission of the Vancouver Pride Society is to be an advocate for those that live under the umbrella, producing events that reflect the pride and strength of the community.
By contributing to the vibrancy and promoting the health and overall well-being of all LGBTQ+ people, the Vancouver Pride Society continues to support drag performers in the city with campaigns that have a significant impact throughout the community. Vancouver Pride stresses that the celebration is not only for the LGBTQ+ community but is for everyone that celebrates diversity and is an ally or supporter of those that live under the umbrella. The overall message is tolerance and openness for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Vancouver is known as a progressive and diversity city and during Pride, everyone can see how vibrant the display can get during the month-long celebrations. What initially began as a peaceful protest in 1978 has turned into one of the largest and most inclusive LGBTQ+ events in North America, with more than 700,000 participants expected in a traditional year, over the month.
For 2021 celebrations, Vancouver Pride attendees can expect a program that includes more than 60 events that range from online artistic presentations to in-person performances that showcase the wide range of talents and skills of the LGBTQ+ community. In what has already been regarded as an innovative roster, presenters promise plenty of queer performers, art walks, virtual galleries, ballroom dance, and even Drag Deliveries. In short, there won’t be the traditional massive celebrations and gatherings in 2021; however, the Vancouver Pride Society and their partners are making this year one for the record books and a host of parade opportunities.
The Contributions of Fairmont Hotels
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is celebrating Vancouver Pride in a big way with a variety of special ways to welcome folks back into the fold while giving back to Vancouver Pride Society. They will support the Vancouver Pride Society through hotel accommodation add-ons and special culinary activations, with all proceeds benefitting the Vancouver Pride Society.
Hotel Reservation Donation Add-Ons
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has created the Love is Love package add-on. From now through August 31, anyone reserving a room at one of Fairmont’s Vancouver properties (Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Waterfront) can choose to add on a $50.00 CAD donation to Vancouver Pride Society.
Fairmont Pride Culinary and Beverage Offerings
This year’s Vancouver Pride will definitely be different from year’s past, but that will have no impact on the fun and celebrations to be had! From rainbow-clad ice cream sandwiches to over-the-top Drag Brunch experiences, there are several delicious ways to celebrate while giving back. Notch8 Restaurant at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has created a special Shortbread Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, with $2.00 CAD of every one sold going back to Vancouver Pride Society.
At Fairmont Pacific Rim, Pride will be front and center on the new Oakridge at Pac Rim Patio. Stop by and experience the Strawberry Youth, a gin-based strawberry rhubarb-infused bubble creation that is a refreshing way to toast to Vancouver Pride. Also, local craft brewery, Strathcona Beer Company, will be offering popular beers like the Love Buzz, Beautiful, and Big Sexy Funk, sexy craft beers that are the perfect match for Pride celebrations.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Globe@YVR Afternoon Tea offering will receive a rainbow glow-up for this year’s Pride weekend. Set against the backdrop of the North Shore mountains and YVR’s active runways, guests can indulge in fresh scones, classic tea sandwiches, and an assortment of sweet treats. This event is family-friendly and Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Junior Afternoon Tea for kids will also be offered in rainbow hues.
No Vancouver Pride would be complete without the (in)famous Pride Drag Brunch! Presented by Kendall Gender, ARC Restaurant will host a Pride Recovery Brunch on Monday, August 2. This amazing bottomless brunch will feature live performances by Kendall Gender, Carlotta Gurl and Jaylene Tyme. For every brunch sold, $5 CAD will be donated to the Vancouver Pride Society. Reserve a seat as soon as possible recommended as this brunch is extremely popular and expected to sell out.
Official Fairmont Pride Ambassador, Kendall Gender
For the third year running, Fairmont Hotels in Vancouver welcome Kendall Gender back to the Fairmont Family as the hotels’ official 2021 Vancouver Pride Ambassador. In addition to Kendall recently receiving the coveted Empress of Vancouver tiara, Kendall has been an outspoken and respected activist for the LGBTQIA2S+ Vancouver community since 2014.
Since 2018, Kendall has acted as Fairmont Hotels’ Vancouver Pride Ambassador, leading Fairmont’s Pride Parade float in 2018 and 2019, as well as supporting Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ efforts in colleague education and LGBTQIA2S+ inclusivity initiatives.
Fairmont Brand Initiatives to Support LGBTQIA2S+ Communities
As part of the Accor’s Diversity & Inclusion Commitment, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts take pride in fostering a culture of inclusion and support for guests, colleagues and local communities alike. These efforts are built on a foundation of respect and education that starts from a brand level, led by Accor North & Central America’s LGBTQIA2S+ Committee, which is comprised of more than 20 representatives from across Canada, USA, and Mexico.
The LGBTQIA2S+ Committee understands the importance of creating an inclusive culture at every hotel and has implemented initiatives such as gender identity training courses, LGBTQIA2S+ colleague mentorship programs, company-wide fundraising campaigns like the Love is Love packages, a global partnership with the industry-leading IGLTA Foundation and gaining certifications like Booking.com’s Travel Proud program.
Are you all ready to celebrate Vancouver Pride this year? What events are you looking forward to? Let HomoCulture know in the comments section below!