This article was published on June 22nd, 2023
Hosted from July 14 – 23, Fredericton, New Brunswick will host nine exciting and fun-filled days for Fierté Fredericton Pride 2023. The annual Pride events will be a fabulous and vibrant celebrations including drag shows, dance parties, outdoor adventure, health and wellness activities, and the main event, the Fierté Fredericton Pride parade.
Fierté Fredericton Pride is one of the largest Pride celebrations in Atlantic Canada. People from the region will come to celebrate and participate in the line-up of festivities, and to show their support for Fredericton’s LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms.
Here’s a look at the line-up of events scheduled for Fierté Fredericton Pride.
Flag Raising Ceremony
July 14 12pm | City Hall
Kickstart your week with a momentous occasion at the majestic City Hall. Prepare to be captivated as the colorful progress flag and the trans flag ascend high above the city, painting the sky with a vibrant display of unity and celebration.
This awe-inspiring Flag Raising event serves as a powerful symbol of pride and inclusivity, inviting citizens of all ages to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
This event is open to all, ensuring accessibility for everyone, including the provision of American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to ensure that the experience is inclusive and welcoming to the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Crafty Queers Presents: Creators and Community Market
July 15 12-4pm| Carleton St.
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of queer artistry and community connection at Carleton Street’s Crafty Queers Presents: Creators and Community Market.
This remarkable event, held from 12pm to 4pm, promises an extraordinary experience for all ages, completely free and accessible.
As you enter the bustling market, the air crackles with creativity and the energy of passionate artists.
Carleton Street transforms into a vibrant haven, filled to the brim with talented queer artists, master crafters, and artisans showcasing their awe-inspiring creations. Each booth offers a glimpse into a world of imagination, where paintings burst with emotion, sculptures come alive, and handcrafted treasures captivate the eye.
It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the shared joy and celebration that emanates from this extraordinary event.
Freddy Beach Pride Block Party
July 15 10pm-2am | NB Provincial Exhibition (NB eX) Grounds
Get ready for the unforgettable experience of the renowned Freddy Beach Pride Block Party! Taking place at the enchanting NB Provincial Exhibition (NB eX) Grounds on Saturday, July 15th, this spectacular event promises an evening of boundless fun and excitement.
The theme of this year’s Block Party is “Freddy Beach,” paying homage to the vibrant spirit of Fredericton. As the clock strikes 10:00pm, the doors swing open, welcoming you to a night filled with electrifying energy and endless possibilities.
The show commences at 10:30pm, catapulting you into a world of sensational performances, pulsating beats, and non-stop dancing that will keep your spirits soaring until the early hours of the morning.
Prepare to be dazzled by the captivating talent of Fredericton’s finest drag artists. The stage will come alive with the mesmerizing performances of Damion Danger, Porcelain Barbie, Sasha Stratus, Succubus, Hunni Krüller, Diamonde, Justin Toodeep, and hosted by the enchanting Eva Darling.
From high-energy dance numbers to heart-stopping lip-sync battles, these remarkable performers will leave you breathless and begging for more.
Foodie Drag Brunch
July 16 1:30pm-4pm | Odell Park Lounge
Indulge in a delectable and dazzling experience at the Foodie Drag Brunch, set against the enchanting backdrop of Odell Park Lounge. This family-friendly event invites you to embark on a delightful adventure filled with mouthwatering food, captivating performances, and heartwarming fellowship.
As the doors swing open at 1:30pm, the air becomes infused with excitement. Find your seat and prepare to be enthralled as the drag show commences at 2:30pm, showcasing the incredible talent of Fredericton’s newest drag performers. From mesmerizing lip-syncs to dazzling dance numbers, these up-and-coming stars will captivate audiences of all ages, leaving you in awe of their talent and courage.
The Foodie Drag Brunch is not just about entertainment; it’s a celebration of community and support. Come together with other families and individuals to foster a sense of belonging, acceptance, and unity. Let the laughter and camaraderie fill the air as you connect with like-minded souls, forging new friendships and strengthening the bonds within the city.
Joining her on stage are the fabulous performers Bella Tofana, Meatloafe, and Matante Maboule, each bringing their unique flair and talent to create a truly unforgettable experience.
July 16 6-10pm | Charlotte Street Art Centre
Prepare for an evening filled with laughter, wit, and pure comedic brilliance at Comedy Night, taking place at the renowned Charlotte Street Art Centre. On Sunday, July 16, 2023, from 6pm to 10pm, get ready to embark on a hilarious journey that will leave you in stitches.
The doors open at 6pm, setting the stage for an unforgettable night of comedy. As the show kicks off, prepare to be entertained by a lineup of exceptional local queer comedians who will deliver side-splitting performances guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.
But the laughter doesn’t stop there! Brace yourself for the gut-busting hilarity of Dead Serious Improv, who will take improvisational comedy to new heights, creating spontaneous moments of hilarity that will have you gasping for breath.
Get ready to laugh until your sides ache as you witness Tom Hearn’s captivating solo show, which explores the nuances of queerness with an unmatched blend of wit, charm, and sheer comedic brilliance.
Comedy Night at the Charlotte Street Art Centre is an exclusive event for those aged 19 and above.
Garrison Night Market with Sexuality NB and AIDSNB
July 21 430pm-9pm | Garrison Night Market on Carleton Street
Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Garrison Night Market on Carleton Street as it transforms into a hub of inclusivity and celebration. From 4:30pm to 9pm, immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening that combines the joys of a bustling market with a powerful message of recognition and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Make your way through the lively market, and be sure to seek out the captivating table hosted by Sexuality NB, AIDSNB, and our esteemed partner, HOMOculture. Here, a vibrant oasis awaits—a space dedicated to promoting awareness, unity, and celebration. Engage with the passionate representatives, who are eager to share valuable insights, provide information, and offer vital resources that resonate with the spirit of the LGBTQ+ community.
As you explore the table, prepare to be captivated by interactive art installations that invite you to delve deeper into conversations and forge meaningful connections. These thought-provoking installations serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of visibility and understanding.
5 a 7 Festival tent on the greens
July 21 5pm-7pm | Beaverbrook Gallery
Embark on an enchanting evening as we extend a warm invitation to the French community and our dear friends to join us at the captivating 5 à 7 Festival Tent on the greens. Nestled near the esteemed Beaverbrook Gallery, this vibrant gathering promises an experience filled with melodic tunes, tantalizing beverages, and engaging conversations.
Step into the lively festival tent, where the atmosphere comes alive with a symphony of good music, enveloping you in an aura of celebration and togetherness. Allow the melodies to stir your soul and set the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable soirée.
Raise your glass and relish the exquisite libations that will dance upon your palate, as we toast to the bonds of friendship, unity, and love. Engage in heartfelt conversations, as the ambiance of the 5 à 7 Festival Tent on the greens creates an inviting space for connections to flourish and memories to be cherished.
Guiding us through this enchanting evening is none other than the charismatic host, Barbra Wire, our esteemed French board chair. Known for their magnetic personality and unwavering dedication to fostering community spirit, Barbra Wire ensures that the night is brimming with warmth, laughter, and an authentic celebration of French culture.
Come, be a part of this extraordinary soirée where language and culture converge, transcending barriers and nurturing a sense of belonging. Let the 5 à 7 Festival Tent on the greens be a sanctuary of joy, camaraderie, and profound appreciation for the vibrant heritage of the French community.
Zumba on the Carleton Park
July 21 6-7:30pm | Carleton Park
Get ready to shake, move, and groove as you join the lively Zumba session at Carleton Park. From 6pm to 7:30pm, come out and sweat away the stresses of the week on the lush green space between Carleton Park and the Picaroons parking lot. Led by the dynamic Colleen Jesso from the energetic Freddy Z crew, this Zumba class promises an exhilarating workout that will leave you feeling energized and invigorated.
Dive into the infectious rhythms and high-energy beats as you follow Colleen’s expert guidance, dancing your way to fitness and joy. Let the music transport you as you unleash your inner dancer, embracing the freedom of movement and the exhilaration of the Zumba experience.
Party de cuisine
July 21 10pm-2pm | Festival tent on the Green
Prepare yourself for a night of culinary delights and unforgettable festivities as we bring you “Party de cuisine” at the Festival Tent on the Green. From 10pm to 2am, this 19+ event invites you to experience the vibrant spirit of an Acadian kitchen party like never before.
Acadians certainly know how to throw a party, and we understand that the heart of any celebration lies in the kitchen. That’s why we’re excited to present an authentic Acadian kitchen party as part of this year’s Pride festivities. This lively gathering welcomes anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the true essence of an Acadian celebration, regardless of whether they speak English or French!
As the night unfolds, be prepared to be dazzled by sensational Acadian drag performances that will captivate your imagination and ignite your spirit. The talented lineup includes the charismatic Barb Wire, the fabulous Matante Maboule, the captivating Ménage à Troy, the vivacious Ruby Ram, and the enchanting Equinox.
Join us as we celebrate the vibrant spirit of Acadian culture and cuisine. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors, let your body sway to the rhythm of the music, and embrace the joyous atmosphere that permeates the night. This Acadian kitchen party promises to be an experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a true appreciation for the rich traditions of Acadian heritage.
July 22 10am | Oromocto Gateway Wetlands
Experience the tranquil beauty of the Oromocto Gateway Wetlands as we invite you to join us for a captivating nature walk. Set your sights on this serene adventure that begins at 10 am, offering a peaceful and immersive encounter with this captivating natural landscape.
Under the knowledgeable guidance of Kristen Johnsen, allow yourself to be captivated by the hidden wonders of the wetlands. This enchanting expedition welcomes nature enthusiasts of all ages, providing a chance to forge a deep connection with the great outdoors.
Prepare to be entranced as you traverse the sturdy wooden boardwalks and meander along the expansive crushed gravel trails that wind through this mesmerizing sanctuary. The Oromocto Gateway Wetlands trail entices with its picturesque pathways and gentle terrain, ensuring an accessible and leisurely exploration for all participants.
Whether you choose to simply relish the enchanting stroll or embrace the occasion to delve deeper into the educational aspects, this nature walk promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you captivated and foster a profound appreciation for the wonders of the wetlands.
Big Queer Canoe
July 22 2pm-4pm | Hartt Island RV Park
On July 22, get ready for an exhilarating adventure on the water with Big Queer Canoe! This thrilling canoe trip, brought to you by GTFO, promises an unforgettable experience for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
Join us as we go on a lively journey hosted by the charismatic duo, Barb Wire and Heather Silk. While they won’t be paddling, they will certainly enchant you with their beauty and wit throughout the excursion.
We will launch from the picturesque Hartt Island RV Park at 2 pm, ready to navigate the tranquil waters together. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the river, surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes and the camaraderie of fellow adventurers.
The canoe trip will last approximately two hours, filled with laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. Feel the thrill of gliding through the water, as you embrace the freedom and joy that comes with this unique experience.
To secure your spot for Big Queer Canoe, visit Eventbrite to get your tickets. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting water adventure that celebrates inclusivity and community. Grab your tickets now and prepare for an afternoon of laughter, connection, and the beauty of nature.
July 23 3pm – 5pm | York to King, then onto Carleton
This iconic event promises a dazzling display of inclusivity, love, and joy.
The parade kicks off at 3 pm and will traverse the lively streets of Fredericton, following a route from York to King, then onto Carleton, and finally returning along Queen to the starting point on York. Join the enthusiastic crowds lining the sidewalks, and find your perfect spot early to ensure a front-row view of the festivities.
As the parade winds its way through the city, immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere and embrace the rainbow-colored extravaganza. Feel the love and acceptance that permeates the air as diverse groups, organizations, and individuals proudly showcase their vibrant floats, dazzling costumes, and infectious enthusiasm.
After the parade, make your way to the captivating Sweltering Songs entertainment, where queer artists will take the stage to delight and uplift the crowd. Let the melodic tunes and spirited performances serve as the perfect finale to a week filled with celebration and empowerment.
Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the vibrant energy of the parade and immerse yourself in the spirit of inclusivity and acceptance. Bring your loved ones, join the festivities, and bask in the sense of community that radiates throughout the event.
Following the parade, be sure to head to the Sweltering Songs entertainment, where talented queer artists will provide the perfect soundtrack to conclude the festival week. Let the music, the performances, and the joyous atmosphere carry you into the evening, creating lasting memories and a sense of unity.
Fierté Fredericton Pride strives to promote inclusion and intersectionality in celebrating and advocating for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and communities. We seek to support and empower our communities while promoting visibility, collaboration, education, and diversity through community-focused events and programming. Fierté Fredericton Pride is committed to cultivating a culture of growth and transparency in line with our core values: equity, diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality.
Fierté Fredericton Pride is a not-for-profit corporation. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and relies exclusively on donations, grants, and sponsorship. For more information on how you can get involved, click here!
Why the Fierte Fredericton Pride is important
The ongoing controversy surrounding Policy 713 in New Brunswick has underscored the importance of events like Fredericton Pride 2023.
The stance of Premier Blaine Higgs and his government on LGBTQ+ rights has sparked tensions within the legislature, making it crucial to showcase the significance of drag, trans rights, and celebrate diversity and inclusion. Despite the challenges, Fredericton Pride stands as a triumphant celebration, highlighting the resilience and unity of the LGBTQ+ community.
By coming together, advocating for equality, and promoting acceptance, Fredericton Pride serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and the need for continued support and celebration in the face of adversity.
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From the Bay of Fundy coastline with 56-foot tides, equivalent to a five-story building, to picturesque seaside towns and Canada’s oldest incorporated city, Saint John. The HomoCulture Tour will proudly visit Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton, and many other stops in communities and points-of-interest during our week-long stay.
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Join the HomoCulture team for Fredericton Pride, held July 15-23, 2023. It’s a week-long celebration, including a flag raising ceremony at City Hall, drag shows, community events, dancing, and the Pride parade through the downtown core.