After the 2016 Edmonton Pride Festival, we sent out a survey about how we could improve Pride going forwards. One of the things that came up over and over in the surveys was improved accessibility at Pride. While we still have a long way to go, here are a few things we’ve added to this year’s festival to help make the experience better for those who may have felt excluded from parts of the festival in the past.
Accessible Parade Viewing: On the north side of 106 block on Whyte Ave, we have designated a area for accessible parade viewing. This space will allow those with limited mobility a viewing area where they can be sure to get a great view of the parade. Drop off location for this viewing area would be on 83rd Ave at 106 St.
Accessible access to Beer Gardens: If you are using a wheelchair and would like to enjoy the beer gardens please skip the line and attend the VIP entrance to gain access to the beer gardens for you and a friend. Regular admission will apply.
Closed Captioning at our Friday Night Movie in the Park.
ASL Interpretation where possible throughout the Festival: ASL interpretation will be available at many events during the festival, check our event listings here for events with confirmed interpretation.
Increased Volunteer Training in confronting harassment and fostering inclusion: We at the Edmonton Pride Festival want Pride to truly be for everyone. If you need assistance during the festival, please flag down any volunteer and we will do everything we can to assist you.
We recognize these are just small steps. If you have suggestions for how we can make things even better for 2018, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us feedback in this year’s survey so we can better support you!