Discovery Islands Pride Weekend
August 11 to 13, 2023
Quadra Island, BC, Canada
For immediate release
2nd Annual Discovery Island Pride Weekend
Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, their families, friends and allies will gather for a 3-day celebration on August 11 to 13, 203 on Quadra Island. Following the huge success of last year’s first annual Discover Islands Pride Festival and March, which was attended by over 300 people, the organizing committee has a full slate of fun planned.
On Friday, August 11, experience the steampunk circus party Queernivale at the Quadra Island Legion. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. This is a 19+ event with burlesque, drag and musical performances. Silly carnival games, contests for great prizes and plenty of dancing will be part of this adult-focused fundraising evening.
One of last year’s biggest supporters of Pride, the Clove restaurant, is hosting this year’s Pride Brunch on Saturday, August 12 from 11am-1pm. Come enjoy a Breakfast Pizza and a couple Mimosas, plus live music in a great, welcoming atmosphere.
The weekend peaks on Sunday, August 13, 2022, with the Pride Festival and March in Quathiaski Cove. The excitement begins with a march from Quadra Elementary along Harper Road at noon and arrives at the festival grounds behind the Coastal Community Credit Union from 12:30-3pm.
“From Quadra and Cortes to Read, Maurelle and beyond, we honour and celebrate the queer and trans people who make our communities fabulous,” says Monica Seitz, member of the Discovery Island Pride Society board.
Attendees of Sunday’s event will be entertained by musical and drag performers and a DJ, while taking in local vendors, resource tables, food and more. A kids zone will feature craft areas, games and face painting.
March participants will meet at 11:45am near the elementary school and proceed along the main drag of ‘The Cove’, raising their voices and awareness. On arrival at the festival grounds, the entertainment will follow a territorial acknowledgement. Discovery Islands Pride gathers and celebrates on the unceded territory of the Laichwiltach people, in particular, the We Wai Kai Nation.
The festival site is within walking distance of the ferry from Campbell River. Limited shuttle service will be available between the Quathiaski Cove ferry terminal and festival site for those with accessibility needs who contact the Pride organizers in advance.
For more information, visit www.dipride.ca.
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