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About the Edmonton Pride Festival Society

Mission Statement

The Edmonton Pride Festival Society will showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified, queer community and its allies. The Society has been given responsibility by its members, representatives from community groups and businesses for strategic planning, organizing, coordinating resources and the execution of a Pride Festival for the capital region.

Become a Member of the Edmonton Pride Festival Society

Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980, and has grown from a small celebration of 75 people who enjoyed a baseball game followed by a campfire. Events added in the past 29 years have included rallies and fairs, poetry readings, art shows, picnics, croquet tournaments, baseball games, a film festival, the parade and Celebration on the Square.

The Festival is organized by The Edmonton Pride Festival Society (EPFS), which was formed in 1999. The Society is the official non-profit organization that manages the organizing and executing of Pride celebrations in the Capital Region each year. The society’s mission is to celebrate and bring together the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, their family, friends, co-workers, supporters, the business community and the community at large in a spirit of camaraderie, honor, pride and respect. And of course for some fun!!

The Society anticipates the Pride Festival to continue to grow in the years ahead, and we invite you to be a part of it!