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2018 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Kicks Off


2018 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Kicks Off In A Colourful Way With Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall

The 26th annual 2018 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest kicked off Wednesday at City Hall with the traditional flag raising ceremony with Mayor Drew Dilkens, local politicians, community members and business dignitaries in attendance.

The festival takes place Wednesday, August 8 through Sunday, August 12, 2018 is packed full of terrific and fun events held at various locations throughout the city with main events concluding at its new location at Lanspeary Park on Ottawa Street.

“The LGBTIQ2S movement has come a long way since it started in 1992 and we are thrilled to put together so many exciting activities for the community to enjoy. Our Pride Fest is a place to show positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ+ people, to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance”. “We’re really excited about this move and hope our guests love the new space. We’re also really excited to offer a blend of both new and classic events this weekend” –  David Lenz, President of Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

Caesars Windsor has recognized the 2018 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest in a big and bright way by lighting up in the rainbow colours beginning Wednesday, August 8 through until Sunday, August 12 as a show of support for the
LGBT+ community.

On Thursday, August 9th at 7:00pm, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is offering free bowling at the Rose Bowl Lanes on Dougall Avenue. Friday, August 11, 2017 is Unplugged featuring live music at Lanspeary Park with Bigg Wiggle,
Chappus & Neuman and Rock Garden with food/retail vendors and beverage tent.

Pride Fest also has a great new partnership with Windsor International Film Festival top host Pride Weekend screenings on Saturday, August 11th including “Disobedience”,”The Gospel According to Andre”, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”.

Pride Marketplace is a free event on Saturday, August 11 from 11:00am until 8:00pm at Lanspeary Park featuring music by David Faulkner, Carly Thomas, Mae James and more. The event features over 35+ vendors, inflatable rides, face painting, Home Depot Craft table, youth arts tent and much more.

Saturday night hosts Queens Of Pride, a night live performances and music at Lanspeary Park starting at 8:00 pm. Later that evening, dance the night away at The City Grill Event Centre with DJ Josh Karmin and more special
performances at Glitterball.

The weekend culminates on Sunday, August 12 starting with the annual parade at its new location on Ottawa Street and Argyle Road starting at 11:00 am. The parade starts at Argyle Road runs down Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park, where Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths, Sarah Smith, Deviants and The Odd Man Out, Sabin, and many other performers will take the stage.

The events of the 2018 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest are scheduled as follows:

Care With Pride
Wednesday, August 8: 6:00pm
UWindsor, Downtown

Pride Family Bowling:
Thursday, August 9: 7:00pm
Rosebowl Lanes

Friday, August 10: 5:00pm – 12:00am
Lanspeary Park

Pride WIFF Screenings
Saturday, August 11: All day
Capital Theatre

Pride Marketplace
Saturday, August 11 – 11:00am – 8:00pm
Lanspeary Park

Queens Of Pride
Saturday, August 11: 8:00pm – 12:00am
Lanspeary Park

Saturday, August 11: 10:00pm – 2:00am
City Grill Centre

Pride Parade
Sunday, August 12: 11:00am
Ottawa Street

Pride Day & Marketplace
Sunday, August 13: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Lanspeary Park

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is a non-profit organization incorporated in the Province of Ontario, run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The organization brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by producing quality, inclusive and safe events and initiatives to celebrate. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strengthens the sense of community and contributes to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of persons in the LGBTIQ2S of Windsor-Essex. The Windsor-Essex Pride Fest aims to promote equality and diversity through all of its events. We use theatre, music, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBTIQ2S people around the world.

For more information about Windsor-Essex Pride Fest visit online.

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