(Winnipeg, MB; March 4 2019)–Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce its theme for the 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival: “Pride of Colour”.
“With growing resurgence in the GSRD community, the understanding of marginalized and generally silenced voices has started making and taking over spaces. One of the frequently overlooked and commonly ignored intersection is race and colour of GSRD community. Generally, people of colour and pride are perceived as two ends of the whole community, where one is labelled as the symbol of privilege and the other is categorically oppressed and marginalized. Actively bridging the gap is the only way to bring the holistic GSRD community together.”
In addition to the theme, Pride Winnipeg is excited to announce the newly developed KidsZone as part of the Festival at the Forks:
This year we have expanded and built an entire area for the young and young at heart. The new KidsZone will be complete with a stage, live entertainment from 12 -5PM both Saturday and Sunday, My Gym mobile play area, concessions, Blue Bombers obstacle course, slide, and football toss to name just a few of the many attractions in this new area.
We have also worked with Parks Canada to open the Variety Heritage Adventure Park and splash pad from 12 – 5 both days.
The 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival runs from May 24th to June 2nd with events throughout the community. A two-day Festival at the Forks will take place on June 1st and 2nd from 12pm to 7pm.
Pride Winnipeg Festival–The Pride of the Prairies –is one of the largest celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver of gender, sexual, and relationship diverse (GSRD) people and their allies, supporters and friends. Our Vision is to live in a society in which all gender and sexually diverse individuals can live their life without fear or oppression for being themselves. For more information about the Pride Winnipeg Festival please visit www.pridewinnipeg.com.
(Winnipeg, MB; February 22 2019) – Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce that our 32nd Annual Parade route on June 2nd, 2019 will take place in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. With approval from the City of Winnipeg and Pride Winnipeg Volunteer Board of Directors, the 2019 Pride Winnipeg Parade will take place on Portage Avenue and run through the city’s most important intersection, Portage & Main, for this historic milestone in our community. This expanded and more prominent route signals that Winnipeg is at the forefront of celebrating and advocating for the GSRD community.
“This is a monumental change for the route. We are beyond excited to host the parade through the heart of our downtown. We would like to thank the community and our partners for their voices and support to get us back on Portage”, Micaela Reeve – Parade Director says.
“The Mayor and Special event department has been extremely supportive in helping us move this historic March back to Portage Ave for this year and Hopefully years to come”, Barry Karlenzig – VP Programming says.
The 32ndAnnual Parade & Rally will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and kick off with the Rally on the steps of the Legislature followed by the Parade starting nearby on Memorial Boulevard. From Memorial Boulevard, the Parade will head Eastbound on Portage Avenue and end near Shaw Park and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
In March, Pride Winnipeg will be providing the 2019 Theme. Applications to enter in the 32nd Annual Parade are currently available online on our website with early-bird pricing ending March 1st.
Pride Winnipeg – The Pride of the Prairies – is one of the largest celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver of GSRD (Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diverse) people and their allies, supporters and friends. Our mission is 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. For more information about the Pride Winnipeg please visit www.pridewinnipeg.com.
The Pride Winnipeg Festival Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Muhammad Ahsan as the organization’s new President.
“We’re exceptionally pleased that Muhammad has taken on this leadership role,” said Jonathan Niemczak, the outgoing President of the organization. “His broad knowledge of issues that affect our community, coupled with years of experience in rights activism, education and training, conflict resolution, and research and development, makes Muhammad well positioned to lead the organization going forward.”
Muhammad recently joined the organization, last year, as the Vice-President, Community Engagement. He currently works at the Rainbow Resource Centre as the Training and Education Program Coordinator and holds a Master’s in Public Administration with double majors in Human Resource Management and Marketing. As a new comer to Canada, he is committed to equity and inclusion of intersectional GSRD community, here in Canada and globally.
“Although I’ve only been with Pride Winnipeg for a short period of time, it has been a labour of love,” said Muhammad. “I have seen the impact that the Pride Winnipeg Festival makes on the community and I am honoured to have been chosen to lead this vital organization. I look forward to leading this volunteer team into 2019 and the future”.
Muhammad will be succeeding long-time serving Pride President Jonathan Niemczak, with his appointment coming into effect October 1, 2018.
Pride Winnipeg’s President is stepping after serving the organization for a decade.
Jonathan Niemczak informed the Board of Directors on Thursday that he will be stepping down from the organization effective September 30, 2018.
“It’s been a wild journey and I’m forever grateful for the experiences I’ve had with this amazing organization and passionate group of volunteers. Being a part of the Pride family has forever changed my life and I will miss it dearly. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life and will cherish my memories and lifelong friendships I’ve made over the last decade,” said Niemczak.
Niemczak joined the organization as the Festival Grounds and Environment Coordinator in 2008, and was shortly tasked with leading the festival operations after the move from Memorial Park to The Forks in 2010. In 2012, the Board of Directors appointed him President of the organization.
“I’ve seen tremendous growth of this festival over the last ten years and I’m proud of what we have accomplished over that time,” said Niemczak. He notes that the organization still has more work to do with engaging the traditionally socially excluded members of Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) community, however, he feels that the organization is heading in the right direction for serving the community and celebrating human rights and equality.
The Board of Directors is currently seeking to fill his position. Interested individuals can submit an expression of interest along with their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kick off for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival will happen today at the University of Winnipeg for the annual raising of the Rainbow Flag. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am on the front lawn.
Pride Parade Route Concerns
Pride Winnipeg’s volunteer organizers issued the following statement:
We have heard the concerns raised in our community with respect to the new 2018 Pride Parade Route. Pride Winnipeg Festival has a limited budget, and the cost of the route down Portage Avenue is currently beyond our means. We believe the new route was the right decision for this year, but we also felt the need to discuss our concerns with Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg. We’re happy to inform everyone that the city has committed to working with Pride Winnipeg in the fall of 2018 to review alternative routes for the annual Pride Parade. We continue to welcome feedback and suggestions for future route options from the community by emailing us at email@example.com. We wish everyone a happy and safe Pride and look forward to seeing you out and about for this year’s festival.
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.
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.
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.
(Winnipeg, MB; December 6, 2017) – After hearing concerns from members of the community, the Pride Winnipeg Festival Board of Directors has reversed its decision to change the dates of the 2018 festival. The festival will take place May 25 – June 3, 2018 rather than July 20 – 29, 2018 which was previously announced.
“The decision to move to the dates was to help the festival keep growing and serving the community,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg’s board of directors. “We now recognize that the date change was going to have a much greater impact than we realized on some members of our community. After listening to the feedback, our board felt the best thing to do was to reverse our decision and keep our festival’s original dates. We apologize to those who were upset by the lack of community consultation and for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Pride Winnipeg remains committed to growing the festival in order to accommodate higher demand, reduce congestion, provide more space for programming as well as to allow for new opportunities. For 2018, the board will explore other ways to grow the festival within the May 25 to June 3 week. The board plans to revisit the festival’s dates for the 2019 festival and will seek feedback from the community when it does.
“We heard some great feedback from the community over the past few weeks about ways we can keep improving Pride Winnipeg,” said Niemczak. “The board is preparing some action plans to address many of the issues raised. We look forward to sharing those with everyone soon.”
Pride Winnipeg is one of the largest annual celebrations of LGBTTQ culture in Canada. It began as a oneday event in 1987 and has grown to be a 10-day annual festival of music, dance, art and more, all centred around the annual Pride Parade which takes place in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. The festival is administered by a volunteer board of directors.
The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs from May 24 – June 2, 2019 and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with the GSRD community.