2016 Theme Reveal – #beauthentic at the Pride Winnipeg Festival!


You can #beauthentic at the 2016 Pride Winnipeg Festival!

Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce its theme for the 2016 Pride Winnipeg Festival: “Be Authentic.” The theme is a call to action for everyone to, without reservation, be their true, authentic selves every day.

Despite the legal barriers for equal recognition that the LGBTTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, pansexual, intersex, asexual) community has overcome in the last decade, there continues to be social stigmas that either discriminate against LGBTTQ* people or prevent individuals from coming out and openly identifying.

“No matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, abilities, culture; be real, be true, be outspoken, be a person who affects change, be someone who lives each day unapologetically,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg. “The Pride Festival is a safe place for anyone to be themselves. No judgements, no negativity; just be your authentic self.”

Festival-goers also have more Pride time to look forward to with the free Outdoor Concert & Festival at The Forks being extended to 8:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday evenings of the Pride Day weekend.

“Year over year we’re seeing larger crowds at The Forks and to accommodate the demand we are increasing our operating hours,” explained Niemczak. “This increase will see all Pride Day weekend services extended right until 8:00 pm.”

The 2016 Pride Winnipeg Festival will take place from May 27 – June 5. During this time various community events and activities will be held across the city. The Pride Outdoor Concert & Festival at The Forks takes place from June 4 – 5. Pride Day, the day of the Rally and Parade, is June 5.

Check out our Festival page for more information about the Pride Winnipeg Festival, and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on Festival announcements.

Pride Winnipeg – The Pride of the Prairies – is one of the largest celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver of LGBTTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, and asexual) people and their allies, supporters, and friends. We aim to affirm the lives of everyone by generating and participating in events that celebrate the history, culture, spirit, and pride of people within the Winnipeg community. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming city and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent.



Pride Winnipeg Debuts the Evolution Exhibit

Update: The Pride Evolution Exhibit is currently on display at the Millennium Library in Downtown Winnipeg until May 25th.

Pride Winnipeg Evolution exhibit at Manitoba Hydro.

Today in the gallery of Manitoba Hydro Place, Pride Winnipeg revealed the Evolution Exhibit. The exhibit contains a timeline of the evolution of LGBTTQ* rights in Canada, starting from the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969 to the present day struggles of transphobia.

This year’s theme for the 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival is Evolution. The theme was chosen to highlight the evolution of human rights with a focus on LGBTTQ* rights here in Canada and abroad. One of the objectives with this year’s theme is to promote education and awareness around LGBTTQ* history and major milestones.

To assist with this objective Pride Winnipeg has created an exhibit that will showcase one of the core activities involved with LGBTTQ* rights, The Pride Movement. Since its inception with the 1969 Stonewall Riot (the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement) Pride has played a pivotal role in promoting LGBTTQ* rights and freedom. This exhibit will contain the history of the Pride movement in an effort to answer a question that is asked all the time “Why Do You Need a Parade?”

Pride Winnipeg will also be raising money with the exhibit to sponsor a LGBTTQ* refugee. Through the “Rainbow-Tie Campaign” people may purchase a rainbow paper bow-tie for $2.00 and take a selfie and post it to social media with the tags #pridewpg and #rainbow-tie.

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The 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival will take place from June 5 – 14, 2015. During this time various community activities will be held across Winnipeg. The Pride Festival at The Forks takes place from June 13 – 14. Pride Day, the day of the Rally, Parade, Festival at The Forks and Closing Party, is June 14.

The full media release can be found here.

Current Schedule:
Millennium Library, Main Floor (near elevators).
Other locations TBA.


2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival Theme Revealed!

2015 Social Media Evolution Photo Surrounded by records of LGBTTQ* history at the Manitoba Gay & Lesbian Archives, Pride Winnipeg revealed the 2015 Parade & Festival Theme to be ‘Evolution.’ The theme focuses on the evolution of human rights through education, with a primary focus on LGBTTQ*rights and freedoms.

The evolution of human rights is a reflection of the advancements made by society. Human rights and freedoms are vital to the LGBTTQ* community as they permit equal recognition and treatment, which enables continued progress.

As the home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (thus making Winnipeg the human rights capital of Canada), Pride Winnipeg has a duty to the LGBTTQ* community to realize the Festival as a celebration of our human rights achievements. Incorporated with the theme as a visual abstract are various colored tiles. These tiles are meant to be representative of the various documents and legislation pieces that form the collective understanding of human rights. The tiles also pay homage to the windows of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The achievements of human rights are a direct result of the continuous education and understanding of the human condition. Education therefore becomes a link from ignorance to knowledge, denial to acceptance, and hate to love. It is for this reason that Pride Winnipeg held its Theme launch at the Manitoba Gay & Lesbian Archives on the grounds of the University of Manitoba.

Finally, within the word ‘evolution’ is the word ‘love.’ Love is fundamental within human rights. It is the recognition of compassion, understanding, and love for other human beings, combined with the acknowledgement of a responsibility to ensure protection and security, which human rights are born out of. Just as love is personal, so are human rights. Everyone is responsible for their own diversity, inclusion and acceptance evolution.

Pride Winnipeg’s objective for the 2015 Parade & Festival theme will be to establish a scholarship to a student seeking education at the post-secondary level whom has also made a contribution to the betterment of the LGBTTQ* community.

The 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival will take place from June 5 – 14, 2015. During this time various community activities will be held across Winnipeg. The Pride Festival at The Forks takes place from June 13 – 14. Pride Day, the day of the Rally, Parade, Festival at The Forks and Closing Party, is June 14.

Click here for a high resolution image of the theme

Click here for the full media release document.


UPDATED: Rainbow Flag Ceremony Rescheduled

The Rainbow Flag Raising at City Hall has been rescheduled to May 30th, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

In recognition of the recent passing of former City Councillor Shirley Timm-Rudolph, all civic flags are being flown at half-mast until end of day May 23rd, 2014. To honour this, the Rainbow Flag Ceremony is being rescheduled to May 30th.

Inquiries regarding the Rainbow Flag Ceremony can be directed to our Media & Communications Director


Statement Condemning Germaine Greer

In response to Germaine Greer speaking in Winnipeg on May 14, 2014, Pride Winnipeg would like to officially state that it condemns Germaine Greer’s discriminatory and transphobic views, which not only directly affect individuals whom identify as LGBTTQ* people, groups and organizations, but also impacts other supportive citizens and groups, both locally and abroad.

Click here to read the full statement.


Bottoms Up! Queer Beer Hits Winnipeg Shelves

sponsor_queerbeerPride Winnipeg and Half Pints Brewing Company (“Half Pints”) are pleased to announce the annual return of Queer Beer. For the fourth year in a row the official beer of Pride Winnipeg has hit Liquor Mart shelves. This year marks the first time that it will be available in ALL Winnipeg Liquor Mart locations, while quantities last.

Click here to read the full release.


2014 Pride Parade Marshals Announced!

Pride Winnipeg is pleased to announce the 2014 Pride Parade Marshals. This year’s marshals were nominated by the community and embody the spirit of the Pride Festival.

“We at Pride Winnipeg are excited to have these Marshals lead our parade,” says Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg. “Each of them perfectly exemplify what it means to help people live and love without borders, not only locally but internationally as well.”

To read about the Marshals click here

To read the full media release click here


Pride North of 55 Launched!

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For the first time in Manitoba history, Pride festivities will take place above the 55th parallel. Pride North of 55 officially launched their festival theme – Colours of Pride – at the Manitoba Legislature for their first annual Pride Festival, set to take place June 28th, 2014 in Thompson, MB.  In attendance were Chair of Pride North of 55 Michelle Smook, President of Pride Winnipeg Jonathan Niemczak, MLA for St. Vital Nancy Allan, and MLA for Thompson Steve Ashton.


The first Pride North of 55 Festival will be held in MacLean Park and will be free to the public to attend. It will feature a ceremonious Pride flag raising, picnic and other fun activities with an official dance party to cap off the night.


After attending the 2013 Pride Winnipeg Festival, Michelle Smook became driven to advocate for a Pride event in the north. With the resource support of Pride Winnipeg through Community Liaison Director Jason Douglas, Smook was able to form a committee to organize the first northern Pride festival.

Read the full release here


More Festival Means More Headliners!

2014 Headliners

After announcing the expansion of the Pride Winnipeg Forks Festival, Pride Winnipeg announced that there will be four major headliners this year. Last night at Fame Nightclub, after a round of competing auditions were held to determine which local acts would grab coveted spots in this year’s lineup, the members of Pride Winnipeg announced that The Voice’s Beverly McClellan and hip-pop-dance-rock trio PRTY H3RO, will perform on Saturday May 31; followed by Eurodance diva Thea Austin and UK electro-dance icon Luciana on Pride Day, Sunday June 1.

Beverly McClellan is best known for being a contestant in the first season of The Voice where she placed in the top three. Her most memorable performance was “Beautiful” featuring Christina Aguilera.

Toronto-based PRTY H3RO, featuring members Natasha Zimbaro, Dizzy Overhill and Mark Luongo, cracked the Billboard Canadian Hot 100’s top 40 with their debut single “Life of the Party,” which became a favorite song last summer.

Thea Austin is an international, Grammy Award winning vocalist. Austin is best known for her participation in the German Eurodance project, SNAP! She was the powerhouse singer behind the second biggest selling single of 1992, “Rhythm is a Dancer.” In 1999 Austin topped UK charts again with the hit “Can’t Get Enough” as part of the Soulsearcher collective.

Dubbed the UK Electro Princess, Luciana has been gracing the charts since 1994 with her seductive vocals. Some of her hit singles include “We Own the Night,” “I Like That,” “I’m Still Hot,” and “U B The Bass.” She’s also been a collaborative force behind other hit singles from artists such as Tiёsto, Bodyrox, deadmau5, Dave Audé and Taio Cruz.

“Our theme this year is WITHOUT BORDERS and we’re demonstrating our dedication to this theme by having expanded the Pride Forks Festival and bringing in international talent,” said Pride Winnipeg President, Jonathan Niemczak.

The Pride Forks Festival will also feature local talent such as Take Flight Aerial & Acrobatics, hip-hop artist Ro Walker Mills, and pop-rock group Take Me to the Pilot.

Read the full media release here

2014 Festival Expanded and Theme Revealed

2014 01 28 PWF ThemeAfter an extremely successful 2013 Pride Festival, which saw over 30,000 people participate in the festivities, Pride Winnipeg announced today at The Forks Market, that the 2014 Pride Festival will be bigger and better than ever with an even greater focus on breaking down barriers.

The Pride Winnipeg Festival, which this year runs from May 23rd – June 1st, is one of the largest Pride celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver. Today, Pride Winnipeg revealed its 2014 Parade & Festival Theme as “WITHOUT BORDERS”.

Pride Winnipeg also announced today that the Pride Forks Festival, which occurs on Pride Day (the first Sunday in June), will now begin on the Saturday before. By beginning on Saturday, Pride Winnipeg will be able to further meet the demands of festival-goers for more programming, an expanded Queer Beer Tent, more time to take in the festivities and also an opportunity to draw more attention to community-run events such as the Winnipeg DykeMarch.

Download full media release.