Accessibility at Pride Winnipeg

Accessibility at Pride Winnipeg

By Melanie Ferris

Planning your first trip to Pride during the first weekend of June? Everyone is welcome to attend, but you may be wondering about some of the steps Pride takes to ensure that events are accessible to people living with a variety of disabilities.

All Pride Winnipeg ran sites are wheelchair accessible with accessible washrooms, entrances, and grounds. We also offer accessible parking spaces for our parade entrants.

Festival-goers can also look for the Red Tent again this year, which offers a quiet and safe space for those who require it.

“Pride Winnipeg has created a substance-free/family zone/accessible area near the stage for those who do not wish to partake in the beer tent, but still want to be a part of the festivities,” explained Amanda Pratt, Safety and Accessibility Director for the Pride Winnipeg Festival. “Also new this year is an accessible seating area/viewing area at the parade for those who are living with various disabilities or impairments.”

“All of our events are offered with ASL interpretation, with the highlight of our ASL services being offered at the festival,” Amanda continued. “We have on-stage ASL interpretation of all speeches, as well as music lyrics.

You can start planning your visit to Pride 2018 by accessing pride guides in both paper and online. You can pick up paper copies at TD bank locations, Rainbow Resource Centre, Red River College, Club 200, Millennium Library, ALT Hotel, SERC, and Klinic. You can access the online guide on our website here (link to: http://www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/pride-guide/).

Pride Winnipeg encourages anyone with disabilities or who require special assistance to reach out so that arrangements can be made. Pride has on-site ASL interpreters available for patrons who would like assistance or for those who would like to have someone to sign with. To help Pride prepare for your visit, please feel free to reach out to us at accessibility@pridewinnipeg.com.