Pride Parade © Guilhem Vellut
The Vancouver Pride Week is a colourful, vibrant affair, celebrating the city's Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and its many supporters in a variety of shows, festivals, parties and the ever-popular Pride Parade. Each year, a special team comes up with a theme and specific image for the Pride Week, and in recent years, the focus has been on issues and battles faced by the LGBT community, but in a more celebratory than political manner. In 2005 the theme was 'No Turning Back', a celebration of the passing of gay marriage federally in Canada and the fight it took to have the bill passed countrywide (gay marriage was recognised in several Canadian provinces prior to this). It may seem all very serious, but that is hardly the case. For a week, beautiful Vancouver is transformed into a rainbow-coloured riot, fun is the order of the day, and the more outrageous the costume, event or party, the better.
Venue: Pride Parade starts at Denman and Robson Streets
Date: 31 August 2016