A block party in support of Pride Winnipeg’s Resurgence Fund. Join us for awesome music from DJ Roy, entertaining hoop dancing, local drag queen superstar Victoria Lush, cold refreshments, and tasty food trucks! Beverage tent entry is 18+ with valid photo ID.
When: May 25, 2018 | 8:00pm-12:00am Where: The Cube, Old Market Square
Pride Winnipeg and Half Pints Brewing Co. are pleased to announce that Queer Beer is here! What better way to ring in the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival than with a refreshing Manitoba made Queer Beer.
The beer is brewed as a Helles, which is a German Pilsner. It has a mild taste, with a slightly fruity aroma derived from the hops. It’s the perfect match for the Pride Winnipeg Festival, but just as fabulous for any other warm sunny day.
Queer Beer can be purchased in participating Liquor Mart locations in Winnipeg with a portion of the proceeds of each sale going to Pride Winnipeg to assist with festival. Queer Beer will also be served right from the keg during the Festival at the Forks for the closing weekend of the Pride Winnipeg Festival June 2nd and 3rd.
Mark you calendars for the second annual Two Spirit Pow Wow
By Melanie Ferris
It’s the most exciting time of the year for some Manitoba folks—the launch of Pride Winnipeg happens on Fri. May 25 with a flag raising at Winnipeg’s City Hall. Soon after, the second annual Two Spirit Pow Wow will happen at The Forks. Mark your calendars for Sat. June 2 as you don’t want to miss this exciting event.
Last year, the Two Spirit Pow Wow was a new event for Pride Winnipeg. Including a pow wow as part of the celebrations is an impressive step for many reasons, including the fact that according to many cultural practices, two-spirit people have been revered by their communities.
“The pow wow originated from Kelly Houle, who wanted to have a pow wow as part of Pride last year,” explains Levi Foy, Like That Program Coordinator at Sunshine House. “She went to Pride meetings and asked what kind of support we would have from them. Then she worked with Two Spirit People of Manitoba and we made a makeshift volunteer committee to make it work.”
The term “two spirit” is a way some Indigenous people refer to those in their communities who may identify as gender-variant, gay, lesbian, queer, and/or trans.
Pow wows are a great opportunity for people from all cultures to come together to dance, sing, celebrate, and make new friendships.
“Pow wows are an important time to celebrate ourselves and to share our gifts with others,” explains Foy. “My favorite pow wow memory is when I went to a pow wow by Kenora with my grandma and her sister, Dorothy. It was so cool because it was one of the few times I heard them speak about growing up and their past. I think I was 12 then.”
“It was very well received from the community and we had a lot of support,” Foy states. “This year we are anticipating there will be more people so we require a bit more effort in fundraising and what not.”
For the second year in a row year, Pride Winnipeg has been working hard to branch out and bring more diversity to both its advertising materials as well as the events.
The Two Spirit Pow Wow is a great way to create a safe and celebratory space for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to come together and share in the rich culture of First Nations people.
“I encourage everyone to come visit the site that day!” Foy continues, “If people are interested in donating please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Pride Winnipeg events continue throughout the week, culminating in an exciting and lively rally and parade on Sun. June 3. You can join in the rally at the Manitoba Legislature grounds beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
You can also find a wide variety of Pride events, including “queen” bowling, rooftop parties, single’s nights, a church service, a vigil, a talk about mental health, an awareness workshop for immigrants and international students, lesbian lube wrestling, a Pride run, a slo-pitch tournament, bingo, an underwear party, and more!
Pride Winnipeg Festival is excited to announce that SATE will headline the main stage at the Festival at the Forks for this year’s festival. The Toronto vocalist and songwriter leads a dynamic band combining blistering hard rock with gritty funk. The empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show, have quickly built SATE’s reputation as an artist impossible to ignore. Even Canada’s national daily newspaper, the Globe & Mail, declared her full-length debut album, RedBlack&Blue one of 2016’s most anticipated releases.
This year’s Festival at the Forks will feature several changes including location changes for the PrideMART and Blue Bombers KidZone, consolidating all concessionaries into one food village, and the creation of a new Health and Wellness Area and designated substance free zone. Festival attendees are also encouraged to check out the Sky Lounge at the top of the parkade for a beautiful view of the festival and a calm space to hang out. Assistance will be provided to individuals with mobility challenges. In addition, Saturday June 2nd the Festival at the Forks will play host to the Second Annual Two Spirit Pow Wow taking place from 1:30pm – 8:00pm.
The Pride Festival at The Forks begins on the last Saturday of the celebrations and runs on the following Sunday (Pride Day). The Pride Festival at The Forks occurs on the adjacent lawns of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and consists of an array of on-stage entertainment, artisans, vendors, The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kidzone, Manitoba Liquor Mart Sky Lounge, and Queer Beer Beverage Tent. This event draws the largest crowd during the Pride Winnipeg Festival with attendance peaking on Pride Day after the Pride parade.
When you attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival at the Forks this year, you’ll notice several BIG changes:
We’ve moved the PrideMART down between the parkade and the Inn at the Forks.
We’ve consolidated the concessions into one area along the west festival path.
We’ve moved the Blue Bombers KidsZone to the center of the festival space along Rainbow Road.
We’ve created a designated substance free zone in front of the main stage.
We’ve created a new Health and Wellness area in the parking lot by the Inn at the Forks.
In addition to the changes, we encourage you to check out the Sky Lounge at the top of the parkade for a beautiful view of the festival and a calm space to hang out. Assistance will be provided to individuals with mobility challenges.
Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce its theme for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival: “My First Pride”. Attending Pride for the first time can be an overwhelming emotional experience. It can be the last stop of someone’s journey of discovering and accepting who they are, or it can be the beginning or somewhere in the middle. This experience can be both positive and negative, done solo or with friends and family. Everyone’s first Pride experience is unique. This year we celebrate our first Pride experience and those that will be attending Pride for the first time.
In addition to the theme, Pride Winnipeg is pleased to announce the 2018 Pride Parade Marshals. This year’s marshals were nominated by the community and embody the spirit and foundational values of the Pride Winnipeg Festival.
Grand Marshal –Brielle Beardy-Linklater: Brielle Beardy-Linklater is a Two-Spirit, Transgender, Queer woman from the Nisichaweyasihk Cree Nation. She is an advocate for 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous and poor/working class struggles. In 2014, she helped organize the first Pride North of 55 celebrations in Northern Manitoba.
Honourary Youth Marshal – Janine Brown: Janine is a 17 year old spoken word poet. She enjoys writing about intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA* issues, and environmental sustainability. She is passionate about the arts and the accessible platform they can provide for activism. In her spare time, she is a cabinet member for “Parlement jeunesse franco-manitobain”, a francophone annual parliament simulation that encourages youth to develop an interest in debate and politics.
We have a new parade route for this year’s Pride Parade:
What about Portage Avenue?
This is a question we often get. Last year with our 30th Anniversary, the City of Winnipeg made a special exception to us using Portage Avenue for the Pride Parade. For us to use Portage Avenue for future Pride Parades would result in costs that would be beyond what our organization can currently afford. We do plan to sit down with the City this summer to discuss this further.
We hope you come out and enjoy the Pride Parade on June 3rd. Parade starts at 11am sharp!
Pride Winnipeg continues to make progress on reducing the carbon footprint of the annual Pride Festival by undertaking a variety of green initiatives.
“By making a few changes for the 2017 festival, we were able to recycle three times as much as we did in 2016” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of the Pride Winnipeg Festival. “Our goal for the organization is to reduce the amount of waste that our annual festival produces”.
Some of the environmental initiatives underway for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival include:
Composting for the entire festival site – all concessionaire cups, cutlery, straws and takeout containers.
Fewer garbage cans on site, and in their place a series of waste stations where waste can be sorted into landfill, recycling or compost.
Visitors arriving by bicycle will find more convenient bike parking – just make sure your bike is moved from the temporary racks by 8pm on Sunday!
Single-use water bottles will be eliminated in favour of a water refill station, generously provided by The Forks.
“We encourage all of our festival attendees to assist us with reducing Pride’s ecological footprint. This can be done by walking, biking or taking transit to the festival, bringing a refillable water container, and sorting waste into the right bins” said Niemczak.
(Winnipeg, MB; April 5, 2018) – Come out and volunteer this summer! – Volunteer registration is now open for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival, set to take place on May 25th – June 3rd.
“Manitoba has a strong volunteer spirit and as an organization that is ran entirely of volunteers, we understand and appreciate the value of people donating their time for a worthy cause such as the Pride Winnipeg Festival,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of the Pride Winnipeg Festival.
Each year, the Pride Winnipeg Festival relies upon hundreds of volunteers in order to deliver the annual festival. For 2018, there are a variety of volunteer roles for the Pride Winnipeg Festival including being a part of the Green Team, marshalling the parade or assisting with event logistics.
“This is a great opportunity to be a part of a large-scale city-wide event, and to build skills and gain experience in areas of leadership, customer service, and team work,” said Niemczak. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up at www.pridewinnipeg.com/volunteer.
The Pride Winnipeg Festival is one of the largest annual celebrations of gender, sexual, and relationship diverse culture in Canada. It began as a one-day event in 1987 and has grown to be a 10-day annual festival of music, dance, art and more, all centered around the annual Pride Parade which takes place in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. The Pride Winnipeg Festival organization is fully operated by volunteers.
The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs from May 25 - June 3, 2018 and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with the LGBTTQ* community.
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