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Pride Winnipeg Changes Festival Dates to Address Growth

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(Winnipeg, MB; October 28, 2017) – Since the Pride Winnipeg Festival established itself at The Forks in 2010 for its free outdoor concert and festival, we have seen tremendous growth in our attendance every year. The Festival has reached a point where it has outgrown its original footprint at The Forks and is in need of more space. For the past several years, our Festival at the Forks has been held the first weekend of June. Due to another annual festival reserving space that would otherwise be utilized for an expanded Pride Winnipeg Festival, we are not able to grow our programming at The Forks during our regularly scheduled early June date.

After careful consideration and a number of alternatives reviewed, the Board of Directors has made a decision to move the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival to a new date. For 2018, the Pride Winnipeg Festival will run from July 20th – 29th, with the Festival at the Forks being held on July 28th and 29th and the Pride Winnipeg Parade will be held on Sunday July 29th. These dates were selected in part as to not overlap with other major summer Festivals at The Forks.

These new dates will allow the Pride Winnipeg Festival to:

  • Take advantage of the entire site at the Forks in order to address incremental annual growth in attendance.
  • Make more space available for community partners and new programming.
  • Reduce congestion in order to increase the comfort, safety and space for patrons to enjoy mainstage performers.
  • To plan for and test out an expanded Pride Winnipeg Festival in advance of Winnipeg hosting the 2020 Fierté Canada Pride Festival where we are anticipating welcoming thousands of LGBTTQ* individuals from across Canada.

Pride Winnipeg will be holding a town hall meeting to address any questions from the community in the coming weeks. Town hall meeting details will be posted on our website and Facebook page.