This article was published on July 13th, 2022
Mid-July will be a celebration as Prince Edward Island, Canada’s maritime province on the east coast, as Charlottetown hosts Pride PEI, July 16 – 24, 2022. This will be the first in-person affair to celebrate Pride over the past two years, due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The Pride PEI Festival is a large celebration of diversity with an exciting line-up of events.
The Pride PEI events will focus on gender diversity at this year’s festival. The Pride PEI Board has consistently been working towards ensuring that there are more opportunities for BIPOC, queer, and trans folks, which are especially important given that these communities have been underrepresented in past years.
“When we think of the history of Pride, Pride was created by Black and Brown trans women. Pride started with the Stonewall riot,” said Pride board member Amirah Oyesegun.
“Pride then became upper class and middle class centred. I think in a lot of ways, I think for a lot of younger, racialized queer people, when you don’t see yourself represented in the media or in certain spaces you aren’t fully able to process that, ‘Oh, I can be that person.'”
There will be screening of a movie that’s centred around a racialized queer couple.
“A lot of the queer movies we see are very centred around white queer people or people with a lot of privilege,” said Oyesegun. “So this year we’re trying to bring a different lens and a different perspective into the Pride events.”
The festival will feature over 30 events this year including signature events like the Pride parade, Pride in the Park and Pride After Dark. There will also be new events including a pair of seal watching tours, a queer ceilidh and song circle, and a trans-centred music event sponsored by Lacuna. COVID-19 safety measures will be observed with participants being strongly encouraged to wear masks.
The festival will now be an in-person event this year—and it will be very exciting for attendees. After all, it’s been a long time since Pride took place in person on PEI, so organizers wanted to make sure that everyone who attends feels welcome at every event.
They hope that by bringing their events back into the real world, people will feel more connected and involved in Pride itself. Organizers also noted that this year’s festival will be filled with lots of family-friendly events where children can come and participate and have fun.
The Pride Festival is already popular with locals as well as visitors from the other Atlantic and eastern Canadian provinces.
The PEI Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, July 23. Stepping off at 12:30pm, the parade is the highlight of the Pride festivities, bringing the community together to celebrate and showcase Pride.
In addition to providing the opportunity for Islanders to celebrate their sexuality, gender identity, or any other aspect of their identity, the festival also serves as a way for people to express themselves artistically and creatively through art, music, and dance performances.
The first Pride march on PEI was held in 1994 through the streets of Charlottetown. Over the years there have been many different parades around PEI; however, Pride PEI has become the focal event featuring floats, speakers, performances by local artists and entertainers, community organization activations, and participation by local businesses.
The full schedule of events is available on the Pride PEI website.
HomoCulture is a proud media partner of Pride PEI.
Plan your visit to Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is home to exquisite cuisine, diverse culture and natural scenic beauty, the Island offers something for everyone, from an Island escape to endless opportunities. Here, you’ll find eclectic artisanal, craft and antique shops, thriving organic farms, rustic and exclusive inns and cottages, and a host of other authentic hyper-local Island experiences.
Don’t miss the PEI Pride Festival, a signature event that is celebrated across the Island in July. It’s a community celebration with BBQs, dance parties, drag shows, family events and a Pride Parade in Charlottetown as well as in the village of Victoria-by-the Sea.