About Pride Winnipeg
That was then…
On August 2, 1987, about 250 people marched in Winnipeg’s first Pride Day. It was a brave step – a tentative venture out of a dark closet that for too long confined the spirits of those who belong to Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ community. Legally and socially, and in many other ways, the world was still an oppressive and homophobic place. A few people in that first march wore paper bags over their heads to conceal their identities, for fear of discrimination and ridicule from friends, family members, and co-workers.
This is now!
Today, over 30,000 attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival to celebrate our many victories and our diverse community, and to remember that there is so much to be proud of and thankful for. Pride Winnipeg has been celebrated annually since 1987, and has evolved from a one-day event into a 10-day festival filled with pride, confidence, fun, colour, music, laughter, optimism, and activism.
Winnipeg Pride is the Pride of the Prairies – one of the largest celebration of LGBTTQ culture between Toronto and Vancouver. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming community and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent!
We are a proud member of
InterPride is an international Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators. Pride Winnipeg Festival Inc. joined InterPride in 2003 when they attended the international conference in Montréal.
These events have connected Winnipeg with Pride organizations around the world and have inspired great ideas on organizing this complicated, but rewarding celebration.
Pride Winnipeg has continued to attend Canadian Region 7 conferences as well as the International conference when possible.
Winnipeg was proud to host the last Canadian Region 7 Conference in 2005 .
- To promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride on an international level,
- To increase networking and communication among Pride Organizations,
- To encourage diverse communities to hold and attend Pride Events, and
- To act as a source of education.
We are a founding member of
Fierté Canada Pride is a Canadian not-for-profit incorporated organization, dedicated to the networking, support and expansion of Pride events throughout Canada. This organization will bring together Pride groups from across our country allowing them to speak with one strong voice for arts and cultural funding, government initiatives, and equal rights issues.